Raytheon has received a contract modification from the Missile Defense Agency to develop a transition-to-production process that will incorporate Gallium Nitride components onto existing and future AN/TPY-2 radars.
The company said Friday the initial effort will also support efforts to modernize ballistic missile defense radars through the transition from Gallium Arsenide to GaN technology which will work to boost range, detection and discrimination performance.
Dave Gulla, vice president of mission systems and sensors at Raytheon’s integrated defense systems segment, said the company will work to develop a modernization development path for the AN/TPY-2 radar to help the system defend people and assets against ballistic missile threats.
Breaking Defense first reported the contract award Thursday and said the agency looks to retool the AN/TPY-2 production line for both MDA and U.S. Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense units.
Sydney Freedberg writes the deal joins an industry-wide migration to GaN technology that includes production and development of radar systems from other defense contractors such as Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.