Who will Field Patriot Missile’s New Version?

Who will Field Patriot Missile’s New Version?

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Romania will become the first country to field the newest version of the U.S. Patriot air and missile defense system.

The Patriot made by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies, 

consists of radars, command-and-control technology, and multiple types of interceptors, all working together to detect, identify and defeat tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, drones, advanced aircraft, and other threats. Patriot is the foundation of integrated air and missile defense for 15 nations.

According to Patrick Griffin, senior program manager for the Romania Patriot program, Romania’s armed forces will receive the latest versions of Patriot combat-proven fire units.

In May 2018, the US Army awarded a $395.8 million contract to Raytheon for the production of Romania’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. 

Romania already has one Patriot fire unit in place, provided last September in response to NATO concerns about security in the Black Sea region.

Now, in addition to receiving the latest system, Romania will also take advantage of the configuration’s flexible architecture to upgrade its current unit in alignment with the new ones. 

While it will be the first to field the enhanced configurations, Romania is also contributing to the continuous evolution of Patriots around the world. The other countries that use Patriot will benefit, too, from the hardware and software changes to the unit’s technical baseline.

The result of the improvements and enhancements is that today’s Patriot is advanced, modern, and capable of defeating the full spectrum of threats. It shares the same name and basic purpose of the Patriot of the past, but that is where the similarity ends. Patriot has continually embraced new technologies to stay ahead of evolving threats. As a result, with a few small exceptions, such as heaters and cooling fans, the bulk of the system has been modernized over the past 17 years, according to armyrecognition.com.