The United States Army is acquiring upgrade kits to improve its Patriot mobile integrated air and missile defense system. To achieve the goal, the U.S. Army recently awarded the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon a contract modification to an existing contract for radar digital processor upgrade kits, not to exceed the amount of USD86.2 million.

The contract modification, previously announced on September 30 will enable the U.S. Army to finish upgrading their entire inventory of Patriot air defence systems. The U.S. Army began phasing the upgrade kits into its Patriot weapon system fleet in 2013.

The U.S. and other 13 nations have funded development of the radar digital processors. Patriot batteries upgraded with the radar digital processor will better detect and identify targets, and have enhanced surveillance.

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