Raytheon Company, the US-based technology and innovation leader, has landed a $523 million contract from the US Army for the upgrade of Kuwait’s Patriot Air and Missile Defence Systems.
With this upgrade, Kuwait will be able to better protect its cities and key infrastructure against ballistic missiles, aircraft and other airborne threats.
The contract was announced by the US Department of Defense on June 23.
“Kuwait and other members of the 13-nation strong Patriot Partnership continue to invest in the system and trust Patriot to defend their citizens and militaries,” remarked Ralph Acaba, Raytheon vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense.
“Patriot is the only system in the world that is combat-proven and designed to outpace the future threat through continuous evolution,” he added.
The Kuwaiti upgrades, known as Configuration 3+, are an example of the evolutionary approach used to upgrade Patriot.
The Kuwaiti Configuration 3+ Patriots will have enhanced capability against a variety of threats, an improved Identification Friend or Foe capability and improved radar search, it added.