The Forward-Based X-Band Radar-Transportable (FBX-T), also known as the Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2), is a high-resolution, phased-array X-band radar that detects missiles in the boost phase. 1 It is designed to be integrated with the hardware and software programs built for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). The FBX-T enhances battle space awareness and engagement options for the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), as well as providing commanders with additional surveillance. 2
It is a member of Raytheon’s “family of X-band radars” and a key element of the overall layered defenses for the BMDS.Tracking begins early in a missile’s trajectory, as it continuously sends back information to the command center. 3
The FBX-T is a land-based, mobile, radar system that relies on proximity to the target to detect and track. It is the first sensor that begins the detecting and tracking process of ballistic missiles. It can be transported to different locations by air, sea, or rail.
- “Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2).” Raytheon Company:. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2012. <http://www.raytheon.com/businesses/rids/businesses/gis/missile_defense/antpy2/>. ↩
- “Forward-Based X-band Transportable-Radar (FBX-T).” OSD. N.p., 2005. Web. 27 Sept. 2012. <http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2005/pdf/bmds/2005fbx-t.pdf>. ↩
- “Forward-Based X-Band Radar-Transportable (FBX-T).” Raytheon Company: Forward-Based X-Band Radar – Transportable. N.p., 2 May 2006. Web. 27 Sept. 2012. <http://www.raytheon.com/businesses/stellent/groups/public/documents/content/>. ↩