Raytheon’s International Partners Fund Patriot Upgrades
Mon, 2013-10-21 12:49
If the Pentagon is looking for companies to be more innovative in how they finance research and development, consider Raytheon’s approach. The company is using its global Patriot customers to finance upgrades to the system and selling the results back to the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army recently awarded a $71.7 million contract for a new Radar Digital processor and computing stations. “These major enhancements to the Radar Digital Processor pave the way for improved target detection and identification, multifunction surveillance and the full support of advanced PAC-3 missile enhancements through software upgrades,” said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. “The new Modern Man Station with color LCD displays, touch screens and soft keys will give soldiers the ability to more quickly identify threats, assess the situation and make decisions.” The radar digital processor and computing stations are supported by a software update that the company rolled out in June. The software updates were developed under an international engineering services program in which the program’s 12 partner nations funded engineering development and upgrades to Patriot.