The latest addition to the Raytheon Missiles & Defense GhostEye® family of radars counters escalating threats. In air and missile defense, the threat is diverse and ever-changing. Right now, that’s especially true of the medium-ange mission space, which has seen a proliferation of adversarial cruise missiles, drones, fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft. Modern missile defense is about more than speed, said DeAntona, who was an air and missile defender for more than 30 years. He added that militaries also require radars that see in 360 degrees and can search, track, discriminate and cue interceptors against multiple types of threats.
“Today’s battlefield moves at a very rapid pace, and it’s riddled with a large portfolio of threats. Informed decisions must be made in seconds – not minutes or hours. This medium-range air defense solution, made in partnership with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, has been operational for more than three decades and is currently used by the U.S. and 11 allied nations. The widespread adoption of NASAMS “indicates the highest level of confidence by a global customer base,” said Joe DeAntona, a retired U.S. Army colonel who is now vice president for Land Warfare and Air Defense requirements and capabilities at Raytheon Missiles & Defense.
“GhostEye MR integrates with NASAMS and absolutely takes that system to the next level. his radar expands the range and altitude that the proven NASAMS defends, dramatically increasing overall effectiveness of the air defense capability. With the addition of GhostEye MR, we extend battlespace coverage to the full kinematic envelope, or reachable area, of the AMRAAM-ER effector,” said Lindsay Viana, director of ground-based air defense on RMD’s Requirements and Capabilities team.
Raytheon Missiles & Defense, or RMD, is offering GhostEye MR radar for integration with the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS. As a component of NASAMS, the sensor maximizes the range of that system’s effectors – including RMD’s Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile Extended Range variant, or AMRAAM-ER – improving accuracy and performance. In particular, GhostEye MR’s combination of two key technologies – active electronically scanned array, or AESA, and military-grade gallium nitride, or GaN – give the sensor a distinct advantage. As the latest product in RMD’s GhostEye family of radars, the medium-range sensor leverages commonality with the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, or LTAMDS, technology that the company is making for the U.S. Army.