Raytheon Company announced it has been awarded a contract worth over $2.0 billion to deliver the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The contract, awarded on April 2, 2015 and booked in the second quarter as a direct commercial sale, includes fully digitized new-production Patriot fire units with the latest technology for improved threat detection, identification and engagement. The contract also includes a full training package and support equipment.
"In the past five months Qatar, Korea and now this international partner have all chosen Raytheon’s Global Patriot solution because they have confidence in the world’s most advanced air and missile defense system," said Daniel J. Crowley, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "Including this most recent contract, Raytheon has booked more than $5 billion in international Patriot orders since late December 2014."
Patriot is a long-range, high altitude, all-weather solution that has been rigorously tested more than 2,500 times with U.S. Army oversight under real-world conditions. It can counter threats from tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, drones and advanced aircraft.
Global Patriot has a defined growth path that will ensure the system remains in service through 2048 and beyond. Recent enhancements include:
– GaN-based AESA radar technology to increase detection range, power and enable 360 degree coverage
– Common Command and Control to allow seamless operation with partner and allied systems
– Ability to fire multiple missile types, matching the right missile to the threat