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US defence giant to start production of Patriot system for Bahrain

The US Army has awarded Raytheon Company a $551m contract to begin production of air defence system for Gulf kingdom

US defence giant to start production of Patriot system for Bahrain

The US Army has awarded Raytheon Company a $551 million contract to begin production of the combat-proven Patriot air and missile defence system for Bahrain.

Raytheon's Patriot is the most advanced tactical air and missile defence system in the world, providing protection against aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

"Raytheon's Patriot provides the Kingdom of Bahrain and 16 other countries around the globe with a combat-proven system that protects citizens, infrastructure and armed forces from a broad spectrum of threats," said Tom Laliberty, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defence at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

"Patriot works, has saved countless lives, and will continue to do so for many years because the system is constantly tested, modernised, upgraded and improved to stay ahead of the advancing threat."

Raytheon Company reported 2019 sales of $29 billion and has 70,000 employees operating in more than 80 countries.

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