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06 September 2016

MSPO 2016: Raytheon Showcases Its Cooperation Benefits

At the 24th International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO), Raytheon presents cutting-edge military solutions. This year at MSPO, Raytheon showcases, inter alia, a full-size model of 360° multi-function AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) gallium nitride (GaN) based radar for the PATRIOT system.

Developed by Raytheon, PATRIOT's GaN technology-based AESA radar is the main element of the Raytheon exhibition. This is a major system upgrade for advanced protection from the potential threat. It will cooperate with future open-architecture systems, such as: The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System. It also offers backward compatibility with the current Engagement Control Station. This provides for full interoperability with NATO systems.

At MSPO, Raytheonalso presents its products range for land forces. The offer includes TALON - affordable laser-guided rocket to be used on fixed-wing aircraft and rotary-wing aircraft. There also is the EXCALIBUR 155mm extended-range precision projectile equipped with a dual guidance system GPS / INS. Artillery which uses the systems can respond to the enemy attack from a distance while maintaining utmost precision. Last year, Raytheon signed a letter of intent with with MESKO. The MOU describes production and future cooperation in EXCALIBUR projectile further development.

Raytheon's presence at MSPO demonstrates the company's commitment to cooperation with the Polish defense industry. In early July, Raytheon and Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) signed a new letter of intent which expands the strategic partnership framework between the companies, PGZ is thus included in the Raytheon's structure of the global supply chain. Under the terms of the letter of intent, the share of Polish industry in the missile defence programme "Wisla" accounts for 50 percent. Moreover, the Polish defence industry will benefit from the technologies transfer. It will also may become a part of the 220 PATRIOT fire units modernisation programmes used in 13 countries.

Raytheon already cooperates with other Polish companies i.e. PIT-Radwar and Teldat. So far, within the framework of "Wisla," Raytheon has signed seven agreements and more than 30 letters of intent with the Polish industry companies.