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Raytheon Wins Whole-Life Support Contract For Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Systems

The contract calls for total life-cycle support and management for more than 150 elevated sensor systems, including remote operation capability, through March 2008.
by Staff Writers
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Jun 26, 2007
Raytheon has been awarded a $10.4 million U.S. Army contract modification to provide whole-life engineering support for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) systems protecting U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Raytheon first developed RAID to meet the Army's increasing needs for persistent surveillance in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

RAID consists of infrared sensor systems elevated on a stationary platform capable of detecting hostile troop and/or equipment movement at great distances. This capability enables U.S. forces to respond rapidly to threatening situations.

"The equipment and services Raytheon are providing to support U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are protecting the lives of our warfighters," said Pete Franklin, vice president, National and Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "This award underscores the joint commitment of Raytheon and the U.S. Army to ensuring the highest operational readiness of this critical capability for our soldiers."

The contract calls for total life-cycle support and management for more than 150 elevated sensor systems, including remote operation capability, through March 2008. By providing whole-life engineering support, Raytheon ensures that these systems work the first time, every time for the soldiers deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Work will be performed at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass., and Warfighter Protection Center, Huntsville, Ala. Support will also be provided by Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC.

Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Joint Battlespace Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.

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