November 10, 2004
ThalesRaytheonSystems Receives $13.1 Million Follow-On Contract for U.S. Army
AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel Radar Modernization Kits
FULLERTON, Calif., Nov. 10, 2004 /PRNewswire/ -- ThalesRaytheonSystems
(TRS) Company has been awarded a $13.1 million dollar firm-fixed price contract by the U.S. Army Air and Missile Command for the production and integration of more than 20 AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel Radar Modernization kits.
The AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel Radar is a highly mobile, ground based, air defense radar that automatically detects, tracks, identifies, classifies and reports airborne targets to supporting weapons systems for engagements of hostile targets. The kits will provide the Sentinel Radars with increased detection and acquisition ranges, improved target classification and greater detection of smaller targets in both clear and cluttered environments.
This is the second contract for modernization kits awarded to TRS in the past two years as the U.S. Army continues to move forward with implementation of its P3I (pre-planned product improvement) program for the Sentinel Radar.
The Sentinel Radar is the premier air surveillance and target acquisition/tracking sensor for the U.S. Army SHORAD (Short Range Air
Defense) program. Accurate, quick reacting and able to acquire targets far enough forward of friendly units, Sentinel allows air defense weapons systems to engage hostile targets at optimum ranges. Sentinel is also the designated radar for the U.S. Army's Surfaced Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM) system.
"The follow-on production kit award for the Sentinel Radar ensures that a smooth continuation of the modernization program will occur while maintaining cost effectiveness," said Rick Russell, ThalesRaytheonSystems Sentinel- Modernization program manager. Work on the kits will be performed in Fullerton and El Segundo, Calif., and El Paso, Texas. All work on the current contract is expected to be completed by fourth quarter 2008.
ThalesRaytheonSystems is a transatlantic joint venture (JV) between Raytheon Company and Thales Group. ThalesRaytheonSystems is a worldwide supplier of air defense command and control centers (ADCC) and ground based battlefield radars. Annual income is approximately 700 million dollars with nearly 2000 people employed.
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