Raytheon’s Tay Fitzgerald on DOD’s Missile Defense Approach

TYSONS CORNER, VA, Nov. 16, 2021 — A Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) vice president has expressed the need for the Department of Defense to employ evolutionary capabilities and revolutionary platforms to ensure that missile defense could take on emerging hypersonic and cruise missile threats, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday.

“We need to have an eye to the future much more revolutionary technologies and part of what we’re doing to enable that is to make sure that we do our designs today is a digital engineering, open systems architecture, modular design. That way we can readily upgrade the hardware that we’re building today, instead of taking the 10-15, or even 20 year cycles to field new weaponry,” said Tay Fitzgerald, VP for strategic missile defense at Raytheon’s missiles and defense business.

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