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Raytheon continues radar dominance

For several years, Raytheon Co. has racked up award after award to develop and now deploy a sophisticated radar system for the U.S. Air Force.

Known as the Cobra King and Gray Star radar, the system is actually two different types of radar that are then combined on the back-end by a common computer system.

In the latest win, Raytheon won a $128.4 million contract for operations and maintenance services. The Air Force is looking for the system to collect “100 percent of the tasked data collection opportunities that pass through its field of view,” according to the Defense Department.

The radars are used for ballistic missile defense and they track objects in space and at high altitudes.

The contract calls for 24-hour support and runs through Oct. 31, 2021.

While DOD says it was a competitive award, Raytheon was the only bidder.

The company has been working on Cobra King and Gray Star since at least 1999 when it won its first development contract for the system.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Feb 15, 2017 at 1:23 PM


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