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Raytheon Co. has been awarded a $52 M US Navy contract to provide engineering services for the Relocatable Over the Horizon Radar (ROTHR) program. The award is a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to provide continuing engineering support on the radar systems, including both hardware and software maintenance and upgrades. “This contract reflects the excellent ongoing relationship between the Navy and Raytheon, as well as Raytheon’s commitment to satisfying our customer’s critical needs for assured technical and program support,” said Mary Petryszyn, Raytheon vice president, Joint Battlespace Integration. “We are proud that the Navy continues to look to Raytheon for reliable products and service to ensure our homeland is safe.” ROTHR is a high frequency radar system designed, built, operated and maintained by Raytheon to provide long-range surveillance capability to the US Government in support of the US counter drug mission. Demonstrated performance, cost effectiveness and growth potential have led to planning for an expanding role for ROTHR to include surveillance capability for homeland defense. “As an operational and deployed asset with ground-based results, ROTHR is a reliable and cost effective proven solution for improving the security of the US coast line,” said Petryszyn. ROTHR has been operational with the US Government for more than 15 years, supporting the counter drug mission in the Caribbean Sea and South America. Each radar system provides in excess of four million square miles of coverage area. The network system of ROTHR radars operates 24/7/365 and tracks 4.5 million aircraft per year. It is currently the US Government’s primary surveillance system for the counter drug mission. Raytheon has provided full life cycle mission support for the radars since the initial installations to improve performance and reliability as part of Raytheon’s integrated approach to predicting customer needs, sensing problems and preemptively applying solutions. Mission support enables Raytheon to maintain readiness and deliver operational capability on demand, allowing its customers to focus on their mission.
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