Upgraded Patriot Two for Two in Successful Cruise Missile Target Intercepts.
Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTNA, RTNB) has conducted its second successful flight test in two attempts of the Patriot upgrade for anti-cruise missile capability. The Sept.10 test at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., resulted in a successful intercept of a BQM-74E sub-scale target flying at low altitude to simulate a cruise missile threat. The fire unit used the most current version of Patriot ground equipment and software to support the test. Raytheon?s first test occurred July 19, 1999, and resulted in a successful intercept of an MQM-107 sub-scale target flying at low altitude.
"We are extremely pleased with the continued success of the anti-cruise missile upgrade program for Patriot," said Ed Franklin, vice president, Air and Missile Defense Systems, Raytheon Systems Company. "This upgrade could provide the Army and international users with a potential cost effective alternative to modernize the existing inventory of Patriot missiles and significantly improve the performance of the fielded Patriot weapon system against stressing cruise missiles."
Raytheon Company, based in Lexington, Mass., is a global technology leader that provides products and services in the areas of commercial and defense electronics, engineering and construction, and business and special mission aircraft. Raytheon has operations throughout the United States and serves customers in more than 80 countries around the world.
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|Date:||Sep 16, 1999|
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