Raytheon signs $1.6 billion radar deal with Navy; work to be done in Andover, Sudbury

Waltham defense contractor Raytheon Co. has won a contract worth as much as $1.6 billion to build advanced radar systems for a new class of US Navy destroyer.

In a major victory over its rivals, Raytheon beat out Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. to secure the deal to develop, test, and deliver the next-generation air and missile defense radars for the Navy’s Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyers. The radar will be designed to detect long-range missiles.

The systems will be built at Raytheon facilities in Andover and Sudbury, but the company has not said whether the contract will lead to new jobs. Raytheon is one of the state’s largest employers with a total worldwide workforce of 68,000. It recorded $24 billion in sales last year.

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