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Raytheon expands radar production facility
by Richard Tomkins
Forest, Miss. (UPI) Apr 8, 2015


Upgrade in works for Norway's counter-battery radar
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Apr 8, 2015 -The Norwegian Army's current mobile counter-battery radar is in line for modernization by Saab, which is to design and produce the mid-life upgrade prototype.

The prototype work by Saab on the Arthur, or ARTillery Hunting Radar, was commissioned by the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization and is worth about 13.36 million, Saab said.

The mid-life modernization prototype will include enhanced sensors, development of new command, control and communication functions and integration of the system in a new container that can be carried on multiple types in addition to the Norwegian Army's M113 F4 armored tracked vehicle -- the main carrier for Arthur.

Saab said the sensor upgrade will improve the detection range and accuracy of the system for detection of the location of enemy artillery.

"We are very happy that the Norwegian forces take the step to the latest version of Arthur, which ensures the best possible radar for this application," says Anders Linder, head of Saab's Surface Radar Solutions business unit.

Delivery of the prototype is expected in 2017.

"This is an important step in strengthening Saabs presence in Norway building on the development of Arthur back in the nineties, which were done within Saab in both Sweden and Norway," says Dag Wikoren, head of Saab Marketing and Sales in Norway.

Raytheon has completed the expansion of its radar and electronic warfare systems facility in Mississippi amid an expected increased production orders.

The facility, located in the city of Forest has been enlarged by 20,000 square feet, and an increase in workforce is expected in months ahead.

"Today is an exciting day for Forest and the entire state of Mississippi as Raytheon officially opens its new facility," Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. "The company chose to expand here in anticipation of future growth, and now Raytheon is ready to move ahead and pursue even more opportunities and contracts."

Raytheon is the only U.S. producer of combat-proven AESA -- or active electronically scanned array -- radar for tactical aircraft. AESA radars direct their signals electronically toward targets instead of mechanically steering them like older systems. The result: the radar beam is steered at nearly the speed of light, and the new radars can see simultaneously in multiple directions and simultaneously track air and surface targets.

Raytheon said the factory expansion is "part of a new common test platform the company is deploying for all of its electronic warfare systems. Raytheon plans to add a number of new positions over time to keep pace with orders for its Active Electronically Scanned Array fighter jet radars and Sentinel air defense radars."

The Raytheon facility in Forest currently employs about 700 workers.


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