US Missile Defense Agency Orders Upgrade for X-Band Radar

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The Missile Defense Agency has ordered gallium notate technology (GaN) upgrades to its X-band radar upgrades to gallium nitride technology, Raytheon announced in a news release on Thursday.

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WASHINGTON(Sputnik) — The terminal mode AN/TPY-2 is the fire control radar for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense ballistic missile defense system, the release noted.

"The US Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon Company a $10 million contract modification to continue the development of hardware and software that will add gallium nitride, or GaN semiconductor technology to the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar," the release stated.

GaN increases the radar's range, search capabilities and enables the system to better discriminate between threats and non-threats and increases the system's overall reliability, the release said.

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