Wallis Laughrey, vice president of space and command and control systems at Raytheon Technologies' intelligence and space business, has said the company is working on radar technologies for future space architectures built on hybrid sensors.
Laughrey said he envisions a global architecture with next-generation radars that handle operations in the infrared spectrum to support a hybrid constellation of defense platforms in low-Earth orbit, according to a blog post published Wednesday.
Bryan Rosselli, VP of strategic missile defense for Raytheon's missiles and defense segment, said a distributed network of sensors can help operators visualize missile threats in all phases.
"There is a need to add a more mobile distributed architecture that can see in 360 degrees and be adaptive to the various launch points or different directions threats may be coming," he noted.
According to Laughrey, establishing a global missile defense system requires rapid co-development and collaborative efforts.
"Getting to an integrated system that has global sensor coverage at a much faster timeline than we have today is probably the most critical of everything that we're dealing with," he said. "We must be able to move at the speed of the threat."
Raytheon has spent decades working with the Department of Defense and Missile Defense Agency in efforts to develop missile defense technologies, the company noted.