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Raytheon to produce Patriot missiles for Kuwait


TEWKSBURY (BNS): Raytheon has received a $145 million contract under the US's Foreign Military Sales programme to produce Patriot missile defense systems for Kuwait.

Under the contract, awarded by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Raytheon will provide the Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missiles – Tactical (GEM-T) “to augment Kuwait's air and missile defense,” the company said.

The new contract complements Kuwait's Configuration-3 radar system upgrade work already underway at Raytheon. The company had received a contract in 2008 to provide Kuwait with the Patriot Configuration-3 radar upgrade kits and related engineering and technical services.

"This new GEM-T missile production contract highlights the efforts by Kuwait Air Defense to maintain readiness and effectiveness of the Patriot Air and Missile System to counter evolving regional threats," Sanjay Kapoor, vice president of Patriot Programs at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, said.

"We continue to modernize the Patriot system and are committed to providing Kuwait and our 11 other partner nations globally with increased system reliability and reduced life-cycle costs," the official added.

Work under the latest contract will be performed at Raytheon's Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover, Massachusetts.

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