Raytheon Company has been awarded a $37.4 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to define, analyze, design and demonstrate a Space-Based Radar (SBR) pre prototype payload consisting of an electronic scanned array and an on-board processing component. The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting agency. The developmental payload will be designed to meet the tactical/national user near real-time data needs for ground moving target indication (GMTI), synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and digital terrain elevation data. “By combining SAR, GMTI, and digital terrain elevation data, Space-Based Radar will be able to track and target stationary or moving combatants in near real time, almost anywhere on earth, at anytime,” said Carol Curry, vice president of Strategic Systems at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “The tremendous capability and transformational nature of this program are extremely important to both the future of America’s persistent situational awareness and to Raytheon Company.”
Contract work is scheduled to be complete by September 2004. Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) designs, develops and manufactures advanced systems for precision engagement; missile defense; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., SAS has 11,000 employees and additional facilities in Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.