Raytheon gets contract for Navy jet radar retrofit
Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said that the Navy has awarded it a $54 million contract to install new advanced radar equipment in existing F/A-18 fighter jets.
The Waltham-based company said the contract calls for APG-79 radars to be installed to replace current equipment. The new radars have active electronic beam scanning, which allows the radar beam to be steered at nearly the speed of light. It enables the pilot and crew improved image resolution and better target and tracking capability, the company said.
"The added reliability and maintainability of the APG-79 result in lower life cycle costs and enhanced capabilities for the Navy," said Tom Kennedy, a company vice president.
Work on the retrofit program will be performed in Forest, Miss.; Dallas; El Segundo, Calif.; and Andover, Mass., and is expected to be completed in December 2010.
Separately, Raytheon said that it is part of group that has received an Army contract worth up to $777.4 million for the Army Battle Command System, the company said Tuesday.
The five-year Battle Command Development contract, which is managed by the US Army Communications and Electronics Command, allows the Raytheon group to compete for task orders that would improve and maintain the command system, Raytheon said.
The task orders focus on unifying command system products for the Army Battle Command System.