Air Force radar-system contract could mean up to $260m for Raytheon

Photo courtesy of Raytheon.
Photo courtesy of Raytheon.

Raytheon Co. said Monday that it has been awarded an Air Force contract that could be worth up to $260 million to the Waltham-based defense contractor.

The contract is for building rapidly deployable radar approach control systems that can be up and running within six hours. A so-called D-RAPCON system is described in a company press release as mobile “air traffic control in a box.”

A D-RAPCON system is made up of a transportable antenna plus three trailer-sized shelters that house radar equipment, communications systems, and an operations center with multiple controller work stations. Each station has the same look and feel of what a controller would see at a major airport, Raytheon said. They are designed for global military operations, including emergency and humanitarian missions, Raytheon said.

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The contract is for one system plus 18 options for a total of 19 potential systems, Raytheon said.

“Our deployable system capitalizes on many years of investment and testing, and will support safe and efficient airspace operations in areas where air traffic infrastructure is compromised or non-existent,” Joseph Paone, director of Air Traffic Management in Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business, said in a statement.