Raytheon has begun to build an X-band missile defense radar for the Missile Defense Agency under an estimated $172.7 million contract.
This is the 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar the company is contracted to build for MDA as the agency seeks to defend against missiles not controlled by the U.S., NATO, China or Russia, the company announced Wednesday.
More than 6,300 of those missiles are in existence worldwide, according to MDA estimates.
AN/TPY-2 radars are built to carry out long-range acquisitions, as well as to track and defend against short-, medium- and intermediate- range ballistic missiles.
Two of the radars were used in an October 2012 MDA exercise and an AN/TPY-2 launched a Standard Missile-3 weapon during a 2011 test.