Raytheon completes first Lower Tier Air & Missile Defense Sensor radar antenna

Built on accelerated timeline, LTAMDS will defeat advanced threats

Andover, Mass. February 21, 2020 Photo(s): By Raytheon
Our Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, a next-generation radar that will help defeat advanced threats like hypersonic weapons, is one step closer to being fielded by the US Army.

Raytheon Company finished building the first radar antenna array for the US Army's Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor. Raytheon completed the work less than 120 days after the US Army selected Raytheon to build LTAMDS, a next-generation radar that will defeat advanced threats like hypersonic weapons.

"Raytheon's employees and partners are focused on delivering the first LTAMDS by the Army's Urgent Material Release date because we know how important expanded battlespace coverage and other capabilities are to the men and women in uniform," said Tom Laliberty, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "Because we invested in cutting-edge radar technology and advanced manufacturing capability, we will meet the customer's critical milestones and get LTAMDS in the field rapidly."

The newly built primary array, similar in size to the Patriot™ radar array, will provide more than twice its performance. Following extensive testing, the radar array will be mounted on a precision-machined enclosure for integration and further evaluation. The enclosure utilizes advanced design and manufacturing techniques for accelerated manufacture to support the US Army's Urgent Materiel Release program.

Raytheon is working closely with hundreds of suppliers across 42 states, including a core team playing a strategic role in building the LTAMDS solution. They are: