Raytheon to provide AN/TPY-2 radars of THAAD missile systems for UAE


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According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense on September 25, 2020, Raytheon Technologies, Woburn, Massachusetts is being awarded a sole-source contract in the amount of $212,760,106 under a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) case to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide radar systems AN/TPY-2 for the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) air defense missile system.


A U.S. Army Navy / Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2) positioned in the Kwajalein Atoll during the FTI-01 flight test. The AN/TPY-2 radar tracked the ballistic missile targets and provided data to missile defense systems to engage and intercept. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

Raytheon will supply to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) a prime power unit for two THAAD Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance and Control-Series 2 radar systems and perform a range of sustainment work as part of the foreign military sales agreement.

In January 2012, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded a foreign military sales (FMS) contract to Lockheed Martin to supply two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interceptors to the UAE. The THAAD missile system is designed to intercept and destroy short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles using hit-to-kill technology and is capable of engaging ballistic missiles at both endo and exo-atmospheric altitude.

The contract type will be a hybrid firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement contract. The contractor will provide one Prime Power Unit and five years of sustainment services for two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance and Control-Series 2 (AN/TPY-2) Radars for this contract. The work will be performed in Woburn, Massachusetts, and some support services will be provided in-country

The AN/TPY-2 is a defense radar platform that works to detect, track and engage ballistic missiles for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense system. The system operates in the X-band spectrum and can be used in the terminal or forward-based modes.

The AN/TPY-2 can operate in two modes: Forward-based mode and Terminal mode. In Forward-based mode, the radar detects ballistic missiles after they are launched.

In Terminal mode, the radar helps guide interceptors toward a descending missile to defeat the threat. Most notably when operating in Terminal mode, AN/TPY-2 leads the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense ballistic missile defense system by guiding the THAAD missile.

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