Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) has received approval from the U.S. government to export a Gallium Nitride-based sensor to countries that use the Patriot air and missile defense system.
Ralph Acaba, vice president of integrated air and missile defense at Raytheon’s integrated defense systems business, said Thursday the GaN-based Patriot radar is designed to provide full operational coverage to customers.
The company applies the GaN technology in the design of the U.S. Navy‘s new air and missile defense radar and the U.S. Air Force’s systems.
Raytheon tested a GaN-based prototype of Patriot array in February 2014 with a GaN developed in Raytheon’s manufacturing readiness level 8 foundry.
The Defense Department has certified Raytheon’s GaN foundry.