Patriot Air and Missile Defense celebrates 50 years of innovation
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Even as the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System celebrates 50 years of innovation, revolutionary technologies developed by Raytheon Company NYSE: RTN are evolving the battle-proven platform to face the threats of today and tomorrow.
“Today’s Patriot is an evolving, cutting edge system that was built on a foundation of more than 2,500 ground tests, 700 flight tests, countless operational deployments, and scores of combat intercepts,” said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. “In close partnership with the US Army, our international customers, and industry partners Raytheon has introduced innovation into every aspect of Patriot: from upgrading the hardware and software to stay ahead of the threat, to sustaining the equipment, to going to the field to support the warfighter.”Although the Patriots rolling out the door of Raytheon’s Andover, Mass. production facility have the same name and look as earlier variants, the resemblance is only skin-deep. Cold-war era vacuum tubes and monochrome screens have long since disappeared, replaced by state of the art technology: microchips smaller than a grain of salt and hi-res touch-screen monitors that would be the envy of any video-gaming enthusiast. Today’s Patriot now uses three new missiles – the GEM-T, PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE – to engage drones, aircraft, cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles.