The U.S. Special
Operations Command has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $135.4
million contract to develop a new tactical radar for rotary and fixed-wing
Formally signed Dec. 12, 2006, and initially funded at $28.5 million,
the system design and development contract calls for Raytheon to build,
test and integrate the new Silent Knight radar. The system will serve as a
common multi-mode terrain following/terrain avoidance radar for a variety
of platforms including the MH-47G helicopter, the lead aircraft for the
The cost plus incentive fee contract, potentially valued at more than
$164 million, contains an option for six low rate initial production units.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is performing the work in Dallas and
McKinney, Texas. Principal partners include AIC, Crestview, Fla.; DRS
Technologies, St. Louis, Mo.; and Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
"This win continues Raytheon's leadership in the tactical radar
marketplace," said Mike Proch, vice president, Raytheon Precision, Attack
and Surveillance Systems. "For our special operations forces customer, that
means the expertise and experience to provide a low-risk, high-performance
radar that meets its demanding mission requirements."
The Silent Knight radar will allow airborne forces safe low-level
flight and safe ingress and egress in adverse environments. The system will
also provide navigation support, ground mapping and weather information to
air crews. The new radar will include advances in terrain following and
avoidance capabilities and will be lighter and require less power than
predecessors. As a common system, Silent Knight eventually will be fielded
on MH-60M, MC-130H, and CV-22 block 30 aircraft.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is the leading provider of sensor
systems giving warfighters the most accurate and timely information
available for the network-centric battlefield. With 2005 revenues of $4.2
billion and 13,000 employees, SAS is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif.,
with additional facilities in Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas,
McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.
Source: Raytheon Wins $135.4 Million Silent Knight Radar Development Contract
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