Raytheon has presented the company’s ideas for a next-generation missile defense technology to the U.S. Army in an effort to help the military branch establish requirements for a lower tier air and missile defense sensor system.
The company said Monday it envisions a future LTAMDS platform that is based on gallium nitride-powered active electronically scanned array technology and could work as a sensor on the service branch’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System network.
The GaN-based AESA LTAMDS radar would interoperate with NATO systems as well as offer backwards compatibility with the Patriot missile defense system, Raytheon added.
Ralph Acaba, vice president of Raytheon’s integrated air and missile defense unit, said the company invested more than $200 million in GaN-based AESA technology.
Acaba added Raytheon showcased an LTAMDS system prototype at the Association of the United States Army’s trade show in March to demonstrate the company’s ability to design, build test and field a GaN-based AESA radar.