Raytheon to provide mission support for RAID system

TEWKSBURY, Mass., 31 July 2010. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) won a $23 million U.S. Army contract extension to provide mission support and system sustainment for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment systems that protect U.S. and coalition forces deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Posted by John McHale

TEWKSBURY, Mass., 31 July 2010. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) won a $23 million U.S. Army contract extension to provide mission support and system sustainment for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment systems that protect U.S. and coalition forces deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

"This additional mission and sustainment support will further improve RAID's capability as a multifunctional battlefield system, providing enhanced situational awareness to the warfighter," says Karen Kalil-Brown, vice president of National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

Raytheon first developed RAID to meet the military's need for persistent surveillance in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. RAID consists of infrared sensor systems elevated on a stationary platform. This capability enables U.S. and coalition forces to respond rapidly to threatening situations.

Work will be performed at the Raytheon IDS Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover, Mass., and at the Warfighter Protection Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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