Raytheon, a subsidiary of RTX, has secured a $7 million contract to advance the development and evaluation of their GhostEye® MR radar system. This cutting-edge medium-range sensor is intended for use with the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).
These government contracts mark the initial investments in the GhostEye MR radar, a versatile system created through Raytheon’s internal research and development efforts. The funding will facilitate ongoing radar enhancement and enable an operational assessment to be conducted later this year at White Sands Missile Range.
Tom Laliberty, President of Land & Air Defense Systems at Raytheon, emphasized the increasing significance and demand for the GhostEye MR radar system’s capabilities in enhancing air defense worldwide. The partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), Air Force, and Kongsberg will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the sensor’s diverse capabilities in countering emerging threats.
The experiment at White Sands aims to evaluate the operational performance of GhostEye MR radar. This radar system will provide effective surveillance cues and integrate with the proven NASAMS air defense system. It follows a successful air base air defense experiment conducted in Andøya, Norway, by the Strategic Developmental Planning & Experimentation (SDPE) office last September. This previous experiment showcased NASAMS’ capability to engage and intercept advanced aerial threats using various Raytheon missile types and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace’s Fire Distribution Center (FDC). The upcoming operational assessment in September will further enhance these capabilities by connecting GhostEye® MR with NASAMS’ FDC through the U.S. Air Force’s relevant command and control.
Funding for this endeavor is sourced from a contract provided by the U.S. Air Force Research Lab’s SDPE office and the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Rapid Prototyping Program (RPP).
GhostEye MR is a member of Raytheon’s GhostEye sensor family, serving as an advanced medium-range multi-mission radar for NASAMS. Introduced in 2021, this radar system offers extended range and altitude coverage, thereby expanding the defended-area capabilities of NASAMS. Furthermore, GhostEye MR leverages commonality with the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS), which Raytheon is developing for the U.S. Army.
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