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Second Successful Live Lire for RTX’s Raytheon LTAMDS

Our Bureau - : Mar 4, 2024 - : 8:36 pm

Raytheon, an RTX business, completed a second successful live-fire demonstration of the advanced, 360-degree Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, known as LTAMDS. This tactical ballistic missile live fire represents the latest in a series of test event successes, closely following a cruise missile live-fire test and the completed contractor verification testing. All milestones validate the radar’s performance and progression through developmental testing.

The December 2023 test event, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Army, launched a tactical ballistic missile surrogate, flying a threat-representative trajectory. The target was acquired and tracked by LTAMDS, its track data was passed to the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) for launch command, and LTAMDS guided a PAC-3 missile to intercept.

“Each test puts the radar up against realistic threats that our forces could face on the battlefield. And with each success, we see capability improvement for this transformational radar,” said U.S. Army COL Jason Tate, STARE Project Manager for PEO Missiles and Space. “From the start, the goal was to design a next-generation radar capable of outpacing the full range of current and future threats – and we will achieve that goal with LTAMDS.”

LTAMDS is the next generation air and missile defense radar for the U.S. Army. A 360-degree, Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, powered by Raytheon-manufactured Gallium Nitride, LTAMDS provides dramatically more performance against the range of threats, from manned and unmanned aircraft to cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, and hypersonics.

Raytheon has built six LTAMDS radars since contract award in 2019. To accelerate fielding, the six radars are rotating through simultaneous integration and testing at Raytheon and U.S. government sites. Tests emulate a real-world environment, fraught with threats moving fast, at varying elevations and distances, and all at the same time.

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