Raytheon Technologies Corp. has been awarded a $2.3 billion contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to build seven mobile missile-detecting radars for the U.S. military.
The work will be done by the Raytheon missiles and defense division, which is based in Tucson.
Part of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, the gallium nitride-based radars are designed to counter incoming ballistic missile threats.
The units, called AN/TPY-2 radars, can operate in two modes. In the first mode, known as "forward-based," detects missiles and identifies lethal objects that have been launched; and in the second mode, known as "terminal," guides interceptors toward an incoming missile’s warhead.