June 21, 2011- U.S. firm Raytheon Company (Raytheon) has received a $1.7 billion (SR6.38 billion) direct commercial sales contract to upgrade Saudi Arabia’s Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems to the latest Configuration-3. The Patriot system was first provided to Saudi Arabia by Raytheon in the 1990s to protect the nation’s critical assets. The new contract includes ground-system hardware, a full training package, and support equipment upgrades. The newly redesigned Patriot components provide the capability to defeat advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in current and future operational combat environments. The Patriot System is interoperable and can be integrated into existing systems to become part of a larger integrated air and missile defense architecture. The combat-proven Patriot System is the air and missile defense system of choice for 12 nations around the world.