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    Raytheon awarded $655m contract for Patriot air and missile defense system

    Raytheon Co. has received a $655 million contract for new-production fire units of its Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Kuwait.

    The contract was awarded by the US Army Aviation and Missile Command as a foreign military sale agreement, the Waltham defense contractor said Monday in a news release.

    “We continue to see an increased interest in and demand for the advanced Patriot as the system is called to duty in hot spots around the world,” vice president Ralph Acabaa Raytheon said in a statement.


    “Kuwait is part of Patriot’s current family of 12 nations that have already selected Patriot as the cornerstone of their air and missile defense strategy.

    “Their decision . . . reaffirms our strong partnership and their trust in Patriot to protect Kuwait’s people and critical infrastructure.”

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