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U.S. Government Approves Export of Advanced Technology in Patriot Radar

GaN-based AESA technology cuts cost, enables future capability upgrades

Issue 59

The United States government approved Raytheon Company to export a Gallium Nitride- (GaN) based Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Patriot sensor to Patriot Air and Missile Defence System partner nations. 

“GaN-based AESA technology can bring customers of the combat-proven Patriot optimized 360-degree coverage while setting the stage for future capability improvements,” said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defence at Raytheon’s Integrated Defence Systems business. “GaN-based AESA technology improves Patriot’s already high reliability rate and significantly reduces the radar’s annual operation and maintenance costs beyond what has already been achieved with other recent Patriot radar improvements.”

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