The Raytheon GhostEye MR successfully passed the US Air Force base defense test

In partnership with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, Arlington-based defense contractor Raytheon achieved a milestone as its GhostEye MR sensor demonstrated operational performance in air base protection.

This successful integration with the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) demonstrates GhostEye MR’s capabilities against a range of threats, confirming its potential as a component in the evolving air and missile defense landscape.

Raytheon has revealed the operational readiness of its GhostEye MR radar system following an exercise at White Sands Missile Range. GhostEye MR capabilities were tested to detect and track live targets, extending NASAMS capabilities against enemy aircraft, unmanned systems and cruise missiles.

Successful communication between GhostEye MR, the NASAMS Air Defense Console, and the Battlespace Command and Control Center during a live threat scenario demonstrated the capabilities of this system.

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GhostEye MR addresses threats in the medium-range mission space, including cruise missiles, drones and aircraft. The radar is tested and simulated for various mission scenarios.

Jim Simonds, US Air Force Base Air Defense Program Manager, said: “This experiment demonstrated that the GhostEye MR is a viable sensor option for integrated air and missile defense. The radar has clearly demonstrated its ability to rapidly deploy and detect and track live targets accurately at longer ranges, providing increased standstill and decision time.”

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With 22.0% of the North American missile and missile defense systems market, Raytheon Technologies Corp is projected to be the second largest shareholder in the region, according to GlobalData.The global market for missiles and missile defense systems 2023-2033” report.

Raytheon’s president of land and air defense systems, Tom Laliberty, expressed his confidence in the GhostEye MR’s capability. “The team’s success demonstrates that the GhostEye MR can meet the needs of the US Air Force. Air bases around the world face an increasing array of sophisticated air threats, and this exercise marked an important step toward developing a comprehensive air base air defense capability.”

This latest achievement follows a series of successful experiments, including the air defense test of Andøya Air Force Base, Norway, demonstrating NASAMS’ engagement capabilities. GhostEye MR, a member of Raytheon’s GhostEye sensor family, continues to advance the NASAMS area defense capabilities by leveraging commonalities with the lower-tier air and missile defense sensor.

In late 2023, Norway acquired eight NASAMS launchers and four fire control units from Kongsberg, replacing equipment provided to Ukraine earlier this year.

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