EL SEGUNDO, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)
has received a $369 million System Development and Demonstration (SDD)
contract for Phase II of the U.S. Air Force's Multi-Platform Radar Technology
Insertion Program (MP-RTIP).
"This award marks the next step in the development of large airborne
surveillance and reconnaissance radars," said Dr. Richard Anderson, vice
president of Integrated Airborne Systems at Raytheon Space and Airborne
Systems. "MP-RTIP will enable tomorrow's commanders and decision makers to
detect, track and identify both airborne and surface targets faster and more
clearly than ever. Raytheon is proud to be part of such an endeavor."
Since December 2000, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman have been teamed for
the design, development and production of the Air Force's next-generation of
air-to-ground and air-to-air surveillance radar.
During Phase II, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman will produce six MP-RTIP
radar systems: three for the E-10A (2 full systems and 1 partial system) and
three for Global Hawk. In addition to contributing to the E-10A delivery
effort, Raytheon will jointly design and manufacture the Global Hawk MP-RTIP
hardware and expects flight-testing to begin during 2006.
Raytheon's Phase II contract is a part of an $888 million award given to
Northrop Grumman by the Air Force on April 30.
MP-RTIP is a modular, active electronically scanned array radar system
that can be scaled in size for integration on manned and unmanned airborne
platforms. The Air Force plans to deploy the radar on its RQ-4B Global Hawk
unmanned aerial reconnaissance system and the E-10A/Multi-Sensor Command and
Control Aircraft (MC2A). The radar offers commanders several new ways to
collect and exploit critical battlefield information. Unlike currently
fielded airborne ground surveillance systems, for example, the radar will be
able to collect ground moving target indicator imagery and synthetic aperture
radar still images simultaneously. The radar will also be able to detect,
track and identify more targets faster and with higher resolution than ever.
Finally, it will feature a radar mode known as an air moving target indicator,
which will allow it to track low-flying cruise missiles.
Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) designs, develops and
manufactures advanced systems for precision engagement; missile defense; and
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Headquartered in El Segundo,
Calif., SAS has 11,000 employees and additional facilities in Goleta, Calif.;
Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international
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/