Poland Greenlights Deal with U.S. Army for LTAMDS Radar and Patriot Launchers

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  • 05:26 AM, September 6, 2023
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Poland Greenlights Deal with U.S. Army for LTAMDS Radar and Patriot Launchers
Lower-Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensors (LTAMDS) @Raytheon

The Polish Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, greenlit an agreement with the U.S. Army to enhance Poland's WISŁA air and missile defense by introducing 12 Lower-Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensors (LTAMDS) and adding 48 Patriot launchers.

This agreement marks the commencement of the Foreign Military Sale and establishes Poland as the first international customer to integrate the advanced 360-degree LTAMDS radar developed by Raytheon, an RTX business, into its air and missile defense infrastructure.

This acquisition aligns with the Polish Government's WISŁA Phase 2 initiative, which builds upon the nearly completed Phase 1. Phase 1 culminated with the delivery and testing of four Patriot fire units.

Raytheon recently delivered the final two fire units earlier this year, and these systems are set to undergo System Integration and Check-Out (SICO) in October.

Raytheon's successful deliveries during WISŁA Phase 1 were made possible through collaborative partnerships with Polish industry partners. Nine Polish suppliers contributed various system elements and components to the Patriot system, now integrated into Raytheon's Global Supply Chain. This participation will continue and expand during Phase 2, which includes opportunities for supporting LTAMDS. Five Polish industry partners, all members of the PGZ group, will receive technology, equipment, and training to enable them to produce and maintain LTAMDS components, potentially becoming part of the LTAMDS global supply chain.

Patriot ground-based air defense system is designed to counter advanced long-range cruise missiles, tactical ballistic missiles, and air-breathing threats.

LTAMDS represents the next generation of air and missile defense radar for the U.S. Army. Powered by Raytheon-manufactured Gallium Nitride, LTAMDS is a 360-degree Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, offering significantly enhanced performance against various threats, including manned and unmanned aircraft, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, and hypersonics.

Raytheon is actively advancing the development of LTAMDS for the U.S. Army, with all six contracted radars having completed production and undergoing simultaneous testing at various government and Raytheon test sites, where integration and testing activities are conducted concurrently.

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