Raytheon wins $1.4B Army radar deal
- By George I. Seffers
- Aug 15, 2000
Under a $1.4 billion Army contract awarded late last week, Raytheon Co.
will design, develop and manufacture three radar systems for a high-altitude
The contract, announced Aug. 10, covers the engineering, manufacturing and
development phase of the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system,
an integrated system consisting of launchers, missiles, battle management
command and control, and radar.
The three radar systems will be new X-band, phased array, solid-state systems
evolving from existing Raytheon radars known as User Operational Evaluation
System, according to Stephen Larson, a company spokesman. Two of the radars
will be used extensively during this phase of the program, and the third
will become the first production radar, Larson said.
The Raytheon contract also calls for six battle management tactical shelter
groups, which will be used for ground and flight testing of the THAAD system
throughout the engineering, manufacturing and development phase. Each shelter
is housed on two Humvee trucks and contains hardware and software for managing
a tactical missile battle.
THAAD, a $4 billion program, is described as the upper tier of the Army's
two-tier theater missile defense system. The higher-altitude and wide-area
protection furnished by the THAAD system interfaces with the lower-tier
Raytheon Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.
Lockheed Martin Corp. is the prime contractor for THAAD and is providing
seven launchers; six command and control stations; Raytheon's three radar
systems and six battle management tactical shelter groups; and 30 missiles
for the engineering, manufacturing and development phase with an option
for 14 additional missiles.