Raytheon has signed an agreement with Teldat to develop and produce advanced militarised routers for the Patriot air and missile defence system.

The company is offering a next-generation Patriot solution for Poland’s medium-range air and missile defence system programme, WISLA.

Under the terms of agreement, Teldat engineers and technicians will design, integrate and qualify the key communications networking technology for Patriot.

In particular, the engineering teams from each company will start design work and trade studies under the initial contract.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems president Daniel Crowley said: "This effort demonstrates our continuous commitment to establish engineering and technology programmes in Poland and to collaborate with Polish industry.

"In addition, by producing this militarised router, TELDAT will have access to an export market among established users worldwide – an opportunity unique to the Patriot system."

Teldat Company chief executive officer Henryk Kruszynski said: "This contract is further proof of our engineering expertise that is leveraged by partners around the world.

"The company is offering a next-generation Patriot solution for Poland’s WISLA programme."

"We think this project is a great start to the tight integration and involvement of TELDAT’s technology solutions in the Patriot system."

Raytheon’s Wisla solution would incorporate a new common command-and-control system that offers open architecture and multi-role capability, which builds on and preserves the combat-proven functionality of Patriot and its inherent US/Nato interoperability.

Additional features include a 360° multi-function radar and the potential for integration of a new, advanced, low-cost interceptor to further expand the Patriot’s ability to simultaneously fire multiple missile types to address the continuously evolving threat spectrum.

Raytheon is competing against Eurosam, a consortium of Thales and MBDA, for the WISLA contract, which is estimated to cost PLN24bn ($7.9bn) over ten years.

The Patriot is claimed to be the only combat-proven air and missile defence system, protecting the US and allied forces worldwide.

Image: Teldat chief executive officer Henryk Kruszynski and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems president Daniel Crowley. Photo: courtesy of Raytheon.

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