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Allies may acquire advanced ballistic missile defense radar

Staff writer ▼ | June 16, 2015
The U.S. government has authorized several U.S. allies and security partners to potentially purchase via Foreign Military Sales the Raytheon AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar, for use in forward-based mode.
Foreign Military Sales   Export of forward-based mode AN/TPY-2 radar
The radar tracks the threat and passes information through a battle management network.
In forward-based mode, the AN/TPY-2 is positioned near hostile territory and acquires ballistic missiles in the boost (ascent) phase of flight shortly after they are launched.

The radar then tracks and discriminates the threat, and passes critical information required by decision makers and missile defense warfare systems through a command and control battle management network.

The AN/TPY-2 is a transportable X-band radar that protects civilians and infrastructure in the U.S., deployed warfighters, and allied nations and security partners, from the growing ballistic missile threat.

According to recent Congressional testimony by the Director of the Missile Defense Agency, the ballistic threat continues to grow as potential adversaries acquire a greater number of ballistic missiles, increase their range, incorporate countermeasures, and make them more complex, survivable, reliable, and accurate.

The terminal-mode AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar is already approved for export as the fire control radar of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Terminal- and forward-based mode radars are physically identical; the key difference between the two is how the software is configured to manage radar resources for the needs of each mission.