THE US ARMY HAS awarded Raytheon a $9.4 million contract to initiate development for the Patriot air-defence missile of a seeker, which is capable of countering cruise missiles.

The Pentagon has earmarked $35 million in research-and-development (R&D) funding for the project in fiscal year 1996 as the first phase of a $75 million effort.

The Patriot Anti-Cruise Missile Seeker programme calls for development and flight test of an improved seeker which can be retrofitted into fielded Patriots. The sole-source contract, was awarded to, Raytheon Electronic Systems by US Army Missile Command. The R&D work, is scheduled to be completed by, 28 February 1998.

Source: Flight International