TEWKSBURY, Mass., May 17, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE:
RTN) has been awarded a $10.1 million U.S. Army contract option to provide
16 Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) Tower Systems with Base Defense
Operation Centers to help protect U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan
"The equipment Raytheon is providing to support U.S. military
operations is helping to save the lives of our warfighters," said Pete
Franklin, vice president, National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon
Integrated Defense Systems. "The joint Raytheon and U.S. government team
takes great pride in rapidly delivering this critical capability to our
The contract calls for 16 elevated sensor systems, including remote
operation capability, with deliveries beginning in June and ending in
September 2007. In addition to supplying the systems, Raytheon is
responsible for providing a systems engineering approach on the RAID
program that involves linking it to other existing Army systems and
providing whole life engineering support. Life-cycle support ensures that
systems work the first time every time for the soldiers deployed in
Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Work will be performed at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems'
Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass., and Warfighter Protection
Center, Huntsville, Ala. Also, Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC will
provide field support.
Raytheon first developed RAID to meet the Army's increasingly critical
needs in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. RAID is a
persistent surveillance system consisting of infrared sensor systems
elevated on a stationary platform. It is capable of detecting hostile troop
and equipment movement at great distances. This capability enables U.S.
forces to respond rapidly to threat situations.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Joint Battlespace
Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad
international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile
Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland
Source: Raytheon Awarded $10 Million Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Contract Option
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