Raytheon [RTN] finished a program and technical review for the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) with the U.S. Army, the company said Tuesday.

The LTAMDS program aims to replace the old Raytheon-made Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target (PATRIOT) MPQ-65 missile defense radar used by the Army.

Patriot Air and Missile Defense System Radar Photo: Raytheon
Patriot Air and Missile Defense System Radar
Photo: Raytheon

Last October the Defense Department awarded 15-month concept definition contracts to Raytheon, Lockheed Martin [LMT], Northrop Grumman [NOC], and Technovative Applications for the LTAMDS.

Raytheon said it will support Army efforts to complete LTAMDS concept development by solidifying specifications and refining cost and schedule as the program moves into the technology maturation and risk reduction phase.

Thus far, Raytheon’s work has focused on delivering an LTAMDS solution that meets operational requirements as fast as possible, the company said.

Raytheon is using a prototype technology test facility in Pelham, N.H. It continually tests systems planned for LTAMDS, having completed over 3,000 testing hours, the company said.

Raytheon noted the test bed area lets the program team determine LTAMDS requirements including optimal frequency band, prime power capacity, 360-degree surveillance and fire control, resiliency in contested environments, reliability, and maintainability.

“Air and missile threats are maturing faster than ever before. Because soldiers in the field need new technology now, Raytheon is accelerating our potential LTAMDS solution so it is ready for delivery when needed,” Tom Laliberty, vice president of integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) at Raytheon’s integrated defense systems business, said in a statement.