NWS awards radar upgrade

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has awarded a contract for upgrading its Doppler weather radar system.

NWS selected RS Information Systems Inc., McLean, Va., for the $29 million, four-year systems engineering and development contract in support of the Next Generation Weather Radar's (NEXRAD) Open Radar Data Acquisition System.

The weather service and RSIS will design, develop, test and deploy a systems upgrade to NEXRAD radar at 184 sites across the country, RSIS officials said. Those sites are used to provide advance warnings of severe weather to the public and media outlets.

Most of the work will be done at the weather service's offices in Norman, Okla.

Subcontractors on the project include SI International Inc., Mercury Computer Systems Inc. and Sigmet Radar Data Systems Inc.

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Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

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