Proposed advancements to the Raytheon Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) air and missile defence system will feature new, state-of-the-art radar technology that addresses some of the traditional shortcomings of the original design configuration.
Raytheon officials would not comment on the record to IHS Jane’s because of the sensitivity of the technology and the process of receiving US government approval to offer it to export customers. However, these technological advancements will no doubt be a boost to the company’s efforts in relation to its competitors in foreign markets.
“One of the chief drawbacks to the Patriot has always been its reliance on a set of four, 90 o radars that were needed to secure full hemispheric coverage,” said a former US Army Patriot battery operator who now works in the US defence industry. “This added to the footprint of the system and was a minus in being able to participate in rapid deployment operations.” […]