Raytheon announced the submission of its proposal for U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) program that seeks to replace the current air and missile defense radar used by the Patriot missile units.
Raytheon’s LTAMDS solution is a simultaneous 360-degree, Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar powered by Raytheon-manufactured Gallium Nitride (GaN), a substance that strengthens the radar signal and enhances its sensitivity.
“Our proposal offers the Army a brand-new radar that overmatches the future threat,” said Tom Laliberty, Raytheon Vice President of Integrated Air and Missile Defense. “We brought our LTAMDS solution to the U.S. Army’s sensor demonstration and validated our ability to meet their 2022 urgent material release date.”
Raytheon’s LTAMDS offering was demonstrated in an event known as a sense-off, which put Raytheon’s LTAMDS solution through a series of challenging scenarios. Raytheon completed its sense-off participation on May 15.
“We created a new radar because a redesigned, modified or upgraded radar simply can’t defeat the type of advanced threats the U.S. Army will face,” said Doug Burgess, Raytheon’s LTAMDS program director. “Our solution is proof that the Army can have it all — a capable next generation radar, at an affordable price, fielded as quickly as possible.”
Raytheon assembled a team of U.S.-based partners who played a strategic role in Raytheon’s proposed LTAMDS solution. They are:
+ Crane Aerospace & Electronics
+ Cummings Aerospace
+ IERUS Technologies
+ Kord Technologies
+ Mercury Systems
U.S. Army’s LTAMDS program
The Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) program is a U.S. Army competition to procure a new air and missile defense radar. The new system will replace the older Patriot air and missile defense radar system.
The Army has recently conducted a “sense-off” event at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico to select the winning design. The event tested three different radar prototypes developed by Raytheon, Lockheed Martin partnering with Israeli radar company Elta Systems and Northrop Grumman.
The company, that gets selected, will build six prototypes for FY 2022 fielding. A follow-on contract for 16 additional radars is also expected, according to a request posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website by the Army on May 14.