Raytheon has received a $7-million contract to continue production and testing of the GhostEye MR radar for the US Department of Defense’s National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).
GhostEye MR is an advanced, medium-range sensor featuring improved altitude and range. It was built through internal research and development to expand defended-area capabilities of the US military’s NASAMS air defense system.
The radar incorporates technologies similar with Raytheon’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensors or LTAMDS that are currently under production for the US Army.
GhostEye Radar Test in White Sands
According to Raytheon, the contract will support further maturation of the GhostEye radar. Part of this is an operational assessment scheduled later this year at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
The trial will focus on the radar’s integration with the NASAMS missile system and its operational performance in sustaining effective surveillance.
The demonstration will also serve as a follow-up test of an air base defense experiment last year in Norway, which showcased the NASAMS’ capability to use different Raytheon missiles through controls employed from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace’s Fire Distribution Center.
“This government support confirms the growing relevance and demand for the capabilities of GhostEye MR, as nations around the globe look to bolster their air defense,” Raytheon Land & Air Defense Systems President Tom Laliberty stated.
“Partnering with DoD, Air Force, and Kongsberg, we will showcase the sensor’s range of capabilities against a multitude of emerging threats.”