Raytheon wins $93.9 million Navy radar contract

RESTON, Va., 11 January 2005. Raytheon Co. has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to provide mission support for Relocatable-Over-the-Horizon-Radar (ROTHR) systems.

RESTON, Va., 11 January 2005. Raytheon Co. has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to provide mission support for Relocatable-Over-the-Horizon-Radar (ROTHR) systems.

The contract to Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC) includes a one-year base period and four one-year options and has a potential value of $93.9 million, including options.

ROTHR is a high frequency radar system originally designed and built by Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business to provide early warning of strikes against aircraft carrier task forces. Especially suited for long- range surveillance of large open water areas -- at ranges up to 2,500 nautical miles -- the ROTHR systems have been successfully redeployed for detection and monitoring of air traffic in the U.S. government's war against drugs.

The ROTHR system has been operational with the U.S. government for more than 15 years, supporting the counter drug mission in the Caribbean Sea and South America, and early warning detection for Navy vessels at sea. Each radar provides more than 2.5 million square miles of coverage area, resulting in extremely low operational costs. Each ROTHR system operates 24/7/365 and detects more than 350,000 targets per year. It is currently the U.S. government's primary surveillance system for the counter drug mission.

Raytheon, in support of the U.S. Navy, has been upgrading the radars since the initial installations to improve performance and reliability. Performance improvements included state of the art computers and displays and enhanced software for more accurate tracking of small aircraft and boats.

Raytheon is currently evaluating the use of ROTHR to provide wide area surveillance for a national coastal surveillance system for homeland defense. For more information, see www.raytheon.com/products/rothr or www.raytheon.com/businesses/rids/docs/ROTHR.pdf.

Under this competitively awarded contract, RTSC will provide operation and maintenance, engineering, and training services. Work will be performed in Chesapeake and New Kent, Va.; Freer, Texas; and Fort Allen and Vieques, Puerto Rico, and is expected to be completed by January 2010. The U.S. Navy Fleet Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Detachment, Philadelphia, is the contracting activity.

"With more than 15 years of experience, Raytheon continues to build, support, and service these systems, which are critical in providing mission assurance for the warfighter," said Dan Schultz, RTSC vice president and general manager of one of RTSC's Reston-based business units. "We are proud to support this program and the U.S. government's drug enforcement mission."

Mission support -- Raytheon's integrated approach to predicting customer needs, sensing problems and preemptively applying solutions -- enables Raytheon to maintain readiness and deliver operational capability on demand, allowing our customers to focus on their mission.

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, provides technology solutions for defense, federal and commercial customers worldwide. It specializes in mission support, customized engineering and on- site engineering solutions.

Raytheon Company, with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.

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