Exelis to support launch, test range system

System provides communications, range sustainment to Air Force

Exelis Systems Corp. has won a $23.3 million contract modification to support the Air Force’s launch and test range system.

The system consists of ground-based command destruct, communications, data handling, flight safety, optical, radar, surveillance, weather subsystem assets located at the Eastern Range (Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.) and the Western Range (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.).

The system is used for range safety, launch vehicle tracking and assessment, positive control, communications, weather, and area surveillance, according to the Los Angeles Air Force Base website.

Under the contract, Exelis will support both the Eastern and Western ranges by providing range sustainment, external user support, projects and engineering services, systems engineering and interim supply support spares for the sustainment period, the Defense Department said.

Work will be performed at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2014.

Funding in the full amount of the contract is obligated to Exelis at the time of the award.

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Mark Hoover is a staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

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