Raytheon will upgrade the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) and Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS) radars with solid-state T/R modules, receiving an Air Force contract worth $495 million, if fully exercised.
Raytheon will produce 148 qualification units during the first phase of the program, followed by production of some 40,000 T/R modules for all five radar sites, including spares, out of band replacements at the Fylingdales Royal Air Force Station and sensitivity improvement units.
The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a base ordering period of five years and a two year option period, with work expected to be completed by September 19, 2026. Raytheon plans to perform the work at a facility in Woburn, Massachusetts.
The contract is being funded initially using $33 million in fiscal 2019 space procurement funds.
Raytheon won the program in a competitive acquisition, after the Air Force evaluated three proposals.