Washington, Apr 6 : The patriot missile system manufacturer Raytheon, won a contract of nine million dollar for support for Taiwan's air defence missile system, according to the US department of defence. The US department of defence said " Raytheon Southeast Asia Systems Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $9,035,484 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Taiwan) contract for support for the Patriot Air Defence System. Bids were solicited via the internet with five received. Work will be performed in Taipei, Taiwan, with an estimated completion date of April 3, 2024.
According to online military magazine Defence Blog, the Patriot missile system is a ground-based air defence missile system designed to detect, track and engage unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles, and short-range and tactical ballistic missiles.
Since January of 2015, Patriot has intercepted more than 100 ballistic missiles in combat operations around the world; more than 90 of those intercepts involved the low-cost Raytheon-made Guidance Enhanced Missile family of surface-to-air missiles.
Raytheon has built more than 220 Patriot fire units and delivered them to customers in 16 nations. Many of those countries have chosen to take advantage of Patriot’s flexible architecture and upgrade their systems. That translates into global interoperability. Countries with Patriot can – and do – train together. And if need be, they can operate together in combat. (UNI)