Raytheon Standard Missile-3 is being developed for sea-based missile defense as part of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. With its demonstrated lethal hit-to-kill capability, SM-3 is being deployed on U.S. and Japanese ships to provide an umbrella of protection against short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. SM-3 is a proven, mature and deployed missile defense interceptor. Raytheon is working to design and produce the next variants of this highly successful missile defense solution.
Sea-based X-band radar designed and built by Raytheon can track targets to SM-3 engagement and perform the hit assessment afterward. Installed on a re-locatable semi-submersible platform for siting flexibility, the radar performs the critical functions of cuing, tracking and, discriminating a target. Its homeport is Adak, Alaska, located approximately midway along the Aleutian Islands chain.
Patriot Provides Land-based Missile Defense
Patriot is a long range, high altitude, all weather system designed to defeat advanced threats including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles. It is the centerpiece of the U.S missile defense force, and the world’s only combat proven missile defense system, currently deployed around the world. A series of upgrades and enhancements have been made to the Patriot System, including expanding its battlespace through improved radar detection range, enhanced lethality, a new hit-to kill missile and an enlarged defended area. Raytheon is the prime contractor for the Patriot system and the system integrator for the configuration 3 system that includes the PAC-3 missile.
THAAD Radar System
The THAAD Radar System is part of a strong, coordinated defense against incoming theater ballistic missiles.
The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System is the upper tier of the Army’s two-tier Theater Missile Defense Concept. The wide-area, higher-altitude protection of the THAAD System interfaces with the lower-tier Patriot System.
An integral part of the THAAD System, the THAAD radar is an X-band, phased array, solid-state radar. It supports the long-range functional requirements of the THAAD mission by delivering high power output and exceptional beam/waveform agility.
The THAAD program is developing a complete integrated weapon system, including launchers, missiles, radar, computers, and battle management command and control. The elements of the system work in concert to detect, identify, assign, and destroy incoming theater ballistic missiles.
In addition to the THAAD radar, Raytheon provides weapons systems engineering and Battle Management Command, Control, Communication, and Information (BMC3I) support for the program.