OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been
awarded a Phase One Air Force contract worth $4.3 million over 15 months for
the Joint Environmental Toolkit (JET) program. The win positions the Raytheon
team for a subsequent development program estimated at more than $70 million.
The objective of the JET acquisition is to replace legacy weather systems
with a single, integrated capability providing tailored weather products to
users, interfacing with command and control systems, and implementing the "to
be" architecture for the Air Force Weather Weapon System (AFWWS). The program
will employ evolutionary acquisition concepts to deliver a scalable hardware
and software system to provide commonality and meet Air Force and Army needs
for weather forecast generation, meteorological watch, and observation
management, with increased accuracy and decreased latency.
The JET Program Office (Air Force Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air
Force Base, Mass.) awarded one of two contracts to an industry team led by
Raytheon to deliver the Phase One JET capability to replace existing systems
for combat weather teams, whether operating stateside or deployed in the
field. The Air Force plans to award a final Phase Two contract in October
2005. Work will be conducted in Omaha, Neb.
"Raytheon is proud to continue our support to the Air Force Weather Weapon
System," said Ray Kolibaba, vice president of Space Systems for Raytheon
Intelligence and Information Systems. "Our team is focused on supporting the
Air Force Electronic Systems Center in transforming the AFWWS to substantially
enhance battlespace awareness for the warfighter."
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.
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/