Raytheon to incorporate gallium nitride technology in AN/TPY-2 radars

Raytheon to incorporate gallium nitride technology in AN/TPY-2 radars

In a step that would modernize ballistic missile defense radars, U.S. defense manufacturer Raytheon has been awarded a contract modification by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to develop a transition to production process to incorporate gallium nitride components into existing and future AN/TPY-2 radars.

Gallium nitride has the capability to enhance radar range, increase detection, and lower production costs, making it favorable to the currently used gallium arsenide.

The AN/TPY-2 is a transportable X-band radar that protects infrastructure, and deployed military personnel in both the U.S. and allied nations from the growing ballistic missile threat.

According to recent Congressional testimony by the director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the threat is growing as potential adversaries acquire a greater number of ballistic missiles, increase their range, incorporate countermeasures and make them more advanced.

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