Kuwait Air Defense Forces Conduct Successful Patriot Test FiringsBy Raytheon Company, PRNE
Sunday, January 10, 2010
TEWKSBURY, Massachusetts, January 11 - The Kuwait Air Defense Forces successfully test fired Raytheon Company's
(NYSE: RTN) Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic
missiles. The test firings were held last month at the Udairi Range in Kuwait
in conjunction with other Kuwait Air Defense and Land Forces elements during
a joint exercise.
The test firings used a Kuwait Patriot Configuration-2 Plus fire unit
with Guidance Enhanced Missiles as the interceptors, which are operated and
maintained by Kuwait Air Defense brigade troops. The Patriot system
successfully engaged and destroyed two Patriot-as-a-Target missiles, as well
as three foreign Multiple Launch Rocket System-type targets, both
configurations emulating tactical ballistic missiles.
The exercise was observed by senior officials from the Kuwaiti and U.S.
governments, including Kuwait Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah.
"This test firing showcased the lethal capabilities of the combat-proven
Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles,
as well as the strong alliance among the Kuwait Air Defense Forces, the U.S.
government and Raytheon in maintaining the readiness and effectiveness of
Patriot in Kuwait," said Skip Garrett, vice president and deputy for Patriot
Programs, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).
"To support our 12 partner nations globally, Patriot continues to add
capabilities to counter emerging threats, while providing increased system
reliability and reduced life-cycle cost," Garrett said.
Raytheon IDS is the prime contractor for both domestic and international
Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot
Advanced Capability-3 missiles.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities
Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad
international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense
Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of US$23.2 billion, is a technology and
innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other
government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission
systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects;
and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a
broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass.,
Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.
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