Hanscom wins important defense contract

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Hanscom Air Force Base won a little job security amid looming defense cuts after landing a critical contract overseeing the rollout of the next generation of high-tech battlefield surveillance systems.

The Bedford base was chosen to lead the overhaul of the Air Force’s Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, with $73 million set aside for the first phase of what will likely be a years-long endeavor, according to an announcement put out by members of the state’s congressional delegation.

Representative Niki Tsongas, a Lowell Democrat who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, hailed the proposed funding, which was included in President Obama’s budget for next fiscal year and reflects Pentagon priorities.

“Most importantly it reflects the Air Force’s commitment to Hanscom’s mission,” Tsongas said.

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