Raytheon, a business under RTX, has announced another successful live-fire event for its Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) as it progresses through the U.S. Army test program. Military leaders from seven nations witnessed the radar’s capabilities firsthand.

This marks the fourth live-fire demonstration for LTAMDS, showcasing its advanced 360-degree radar capabilities. The exercises, increasing in complexity, effectively demonstrate the radar’s performance and integration with the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS). In this latest demonstration, a cruise missile surrogate was launched, flying at high altitudes, high speeds, and at a long range in an operational environment. LTAMDS acquired and tracked the target, passed track data to IBCS, and guided a PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile to intercept.

In 2023, the program achieved significant milestones in developmental testing, including live fires against air-breathing threats and ballistic missiles and the successful completion of CY23 contractor verification testing. LTAMDS has consistently met complex test objectives throughout this period and demonstrated initial technical capabilities within its primary sector.

Six LTAMDS radars are undergoing full sector integration and test activities concurrently at various government and Raytheon test sites. Rigorous testing will continue throughout 2024, culminating in the deployment of a 360-degree, full-sector capability by the end of the calendar year.

LTAMDS stands as the next-generation air and missile defense radar for the U.S. Army. Leveraging a 360-degree, Active Electronically Scanned Array radar powered by Raytheon-manufactured Gallium Nitride, LTAMDS significantly enhances performance across a spectrum of threats, including manned and unmanned aircraft, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, and hypersonics.

Post Image- Raytheon’s LTAMDS completed its latest round of live fire testing, effectively demonstrating the radar’s performance and integration with the Integrated Battle Command System or IBCS. (Image Credit: RTX)