Crane A&E Delivers First LTAMDS Radar Power Unit to Raytheon

Crane Aerospace & Electronics’ Defense Power business has delivered the first Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor radar (LTAMDS) power system to Raytheon Missiles & Defense in May, the company announced.

According to the company press release, the first power unit was shipped to Raytheon on May 16 “after years of technology development and months of LTAMDS-specific work from Crane A&E design, manufacturing and quality engineers”.

“We are proud to say that Raytheon Missiles & Defense is receiving our latest and greatest, industry-leading power technology,” said Trey Endt, Crane A&E VP, Defense Power. “It took everyone in our factory to make our delivery happen. I can honestly say, there is not a person here that hasn’t touched the program in some capacity.”

Raytheon Missiles & Defense wasselected by the U.S. Armyin October last year to provide the next-generation LTAMDS, which is an advanced air and missile defense radar. The LTAMDS system will help the U.S. Army defeat advanced threats, including hypersonic weapons.

Crane A&E’s ability to deliver its first power unit on-time is critical. It allows Raytheon Missiles & Defense to integrate the power system and begin proving out radar testing levels and capability on schedule.

为了进一步确保雷神导弹和防御receiving the best product possible, Crane A&E built a new high-power lab at its Fort Walton Beach, Florida, site to accommodate power unit testing while also creating a suitable work environment for Crane A&E’s LTAMDS team.

“A tremendous amount of work has went into developing this first power unit, and we’re thankful to Raytheon Missiles & Defense for its support and partnership during our product development,” Endt said. “We’re committed to providing a world-class product and are honored to support the U.S. military through our contribution.”

Raytheon LTAMDS radar

Raytheon’s LTAMDSis a 360-degree, Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar powered by company-manufactured Gallium Nitride (GaN), a substance that strengthens the radar signal and enhances its sensitivity.

Raytheon LTAMDS Radar
Raytheon’s AESA GaN radar solution developed for U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) program. Photo Credit: Raytheon.

LTAMDS consists of a primary antenna array on the front of the radar, and two secondary arrays on the rear. The radar antennas work together to enable operators to simultaneously detect and engage multiple threats from any direction, ensuring there are no blind spots on the battlefield. LTAMDS’ primary array is roughly the same size as the Patriot radar array, but provides more than twice Patriot’s performance.

While it is designed for the U.S. Army’s IAMD system, LTAMDS will also be able to preserve previous Patriot investments.

Raytheon is working closely with hundreds of suppliers across 42 states, including a core team playing a strategic role in building the LTAMDS solution. They are Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Cummings Aerospace, IERUS Technologies, Kord Technologies, Mercury Systems and nLogic.

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