Raytheon anchors port security work

Raytheon Co. won a $6 million contract from the Defense Department's Counter-Narcoterrorism Technology Program Office for a project with an integrated systems approach to defend ports, shorelines and sea lanes against maritime-based threats, the company said today.

Raytheon's project incorporates different data from a range of radar, sonar and surveillance sources that detect, track and identify potential threats. It transmits and presents the information as a common operating picture and disseminates intelligence to appropriate responders, according to the company.

Under the contract, Raytheon will conduct two demonstrations, provide all support documentation and deliver a final report to the Defense Department.

The first demonstration site will focus on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island and will integrate surveillance technologies and introduce new sources. The work will be performed at the company's Naval Integration Center in Portsmouth, R.I.

"This demonstration will showcase the benefits provided by a system of systems approach that maximizes the effectiveness of the technologies employed to monitor maritime activities and arms responders with the information necessary to protect our nation's ports and shorelines from external threats," said Dan Smith, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems of Tewksbury, Mass., which was awarded the contract.

Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide and had 2003 revenue of $18.1 billion. The company is No. 7 on Washington Technology's 2004 Top 100 list of federal prime contractors.

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