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Raytheon Tests New Patriot Missile System

Raytheon Co. conducted a flight test of a new surface-to-air missile in New Mexico, the company announced Monday.

The Waltham, Mass.-based missile maker makes the Patriot system and provides engineering services under a Missile Defense Agency contract currently valued at $803 million.

The company tested the system at the White Sands Missile Range.

Sanjay Kappoor, vice president for integrated air and missile defense, said the new system features color liquid crystal displays with touch screens and digital track missile guidance

The Waltham, Mass.-based missile maker tested radar, a tactical missile, a launching station, information coordination, and an engagement control station.

The company said the system detected and tracked a target flying at a low altitude in a high-clutter environment.

The company tested the first ground-up production of a tactical missile in October.

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