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From the tip of its nose cone to the base of its radar, modernized Patriot is smarter, faster, tougher:

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Last Updated: 11/30/2012* Deep inside the factory where Patriot defense systems are made, Ken Arruda stopped beside a rolling cart and pointed to a white card sprinkled with what looked like grains of sand. They were computer chips for the Patriot’s radar system – parts that since 2006 have shrunk to one-eighth their previous size. “Now they’re as small as a speck of pepper,” said Arruda, operations director for Raytheon’s air defense programs. “That’s how far Patriot has come in the last few years.” A U.S. dime dwarfs components for the Patriot air defense system. And tiny chips are just the start. From the tip of its nose cone to the base of its radar, designers have invested more than $400 million into Patriot in the last four years as part of a massive program aimed at making the legendary air and missile defense system faster, smarter and tougher. Miniature components...

Full article: http://www.raytheon.com/newsroom/technology/rtn12_modpatr...

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