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Raytheon has se­cured a $523 mil­lion con­tract from the US Army to mod­ernise the State of Kuwait’s Pa­triot air and mis­sile de­fence sys­tems. Pa­triot is a long-range, high al­ti­tude, all-weather so­lu­tion that coun­ters threats from tac­ti­cal bal­lis­tic mis­siles, cruise mis­siles, drones and ad­vanced air­craft. In a state­ment, Raytheon said that the con­tract cov­ers Con­fig­u­ra­tion 3+ up­grades to Pa­triot, which are ex­pected to pro­vide Kuwaiti air de­fence sys­tems with im­proved friend or foe iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and radar ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The com­pany will mod­ernise six Pa­triot fire units for Kuwait under the con­tract. Raytheon In­te­grated Air and Mis­sile De­fense Vice Pres­i­dent Ralph Acaba said: “Kuwait and other mem­bers of the 13-na­tion strong Pa­triot Part­ner­ship con­tinue to in­vest in the sys­tem and trust Pa­triot to de­fend their ci­ti­zens and mil­i­taries.” Sched­uled for com­ple­tion in March 2022, the work under the con­tract will be per­formed in the US, Nor­way, Italy, Greece, the UK and Canada. To date, Pa­triot has been tested more than 2,500 times by the US Army under real-world con­di­tions. The sys­tem was re­cently up­graded with GaN- based AESA radar tech­nol­ogy to in­crease de­tec­tion range and power and en­able 360° cov­er­age, as well as com­mon com­mand and con­trol func­tion­al­ity to al­low seam­less op­er­a­tion with other sys­tems.

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