MDA radar system goes operational
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has deployed its AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defence radar system over a year ahead of schedule following the early delivery of cooling equipment from Raytheon.
The cooling equipment unit, a crucial component of the radar, is an 18-wheeler-sized piece of machinery that cools the AN/TPY-2’s antenna and evenly distributes power throughout the radar.
Raytheon said in a statement on 22 July that the ‘early delivery, and an MDA contract awarded for AN/TPY-2 logistics support, will enable MDA to shift assets to meet a growing warfighter and combatant command demand for the AN/TPY-2 radar.’
‘Raytheon's AN/TPY-2 radar is a critical element in defending against the growing ballistic missile threat,’ David Gulla, vice president of Global Integrated Sensors for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business, said. ‘Giving MDA the flexibility to quickly deploy an additional, operationally-effective AN/TPY-2 is an important step toward meeting the growing demand for this vital radar,’ he added.
An integral part of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, AN/TPY-2 is a high-resolution, mobile, rapidly deployable X-band radar capable of providing long-range acquisition, precision track, and discrimination of all classes of ballistic missiles, from short-range ballistic missiles to intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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