Raytheon has won a Netherlands contract to upgrade its Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense system with the Modern Man Station user interface.
“The Netherlands will continuously modernize Patriot as they intend to keep it in their inventory until at least 2040,” said Ralph Acaba, Raytheon vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense in a statement Thursday.
“The Modern Man Station is an important step in the Royal Netherlands Army’s plan to upgrade their entire Patriot inventory to the most advanced capability currently available.” Acaba added.
At the end of 2015, The Netherlands Defence Materiel Organization announced its decision to continue investing in Patriot. In 2014, two Patriot batteries from The Netherlands concluded a two-year deployment to Turkey, where they helped defend that country from ballistic missiles.
“Patriot remains a pillar of NATO missile defense because it is the only fielded, air and missile defense system capable of outpacing the evolving threat,” said Joe DeAntona, Raytheon vice president of business development for Integrated Air and Missile Defense.
“This upgrade will make it easier for The Netherlands to operate Patriot, and will provide them enhanced situational awareness.” He added.
The Modern Man Station, (MMS), is the latest operator-machine interface upgrade to Patriot command and control shelters. It provides full-color graphical user interface with LCD displays. It also has touch screens and soft keys for enhanced situational awareness, with command and control decision support tools. MMS is used to identify and display airborne objects; track potential threats; and engage hostile targets, including aircraft, unmanned air vehicles, cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles.