US defense manufacturer Raytheon has been awarded a contract to upgrade the Netherlands’ Patriot air and missile systems.
The current Modern Man Station (MMS) user interface, present in the Patriot’s command and control centers will be upgraded with a full color operator liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors, as well as new control and command tools.
The Netherlands will continuously modernize Patriot as they intend to use it until at least 2040,” Ralph Acaba, Raytheon’s vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense, said in a company statement.
“The Modern Man Station is an important step in the Royal Netherlands Army’s plan to upgrade their entire Patriot inventory to the most advanced capability currently available”, Acaba added.
Joe DeAntona, Raytheon’s vice president of business development for Integrated Air and Missile Defense said that the enhancements will make the Patriot missile system easier to use as it remains a pillar of NATO missile defense because it is the only fielded, combat-proven air and missile defense system capable of outpacing the evolving threat.
The Royal Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation procured MMS weapons through a direct commercial sales contract.
The missile system is intended to engage threatening targets, track threats and identify airborne objects.