Raytheon awarded up to $600 million for missile-defense modernization program

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Raytheon has been awarded a contract valued at as much as $600 million to provide the U.S. Army with software support and sustainment in the area of modernizing missile defense and other strategic systems. The work is set to be performed at the Software Engineering Directorate (SED), U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.

Raytheon will provide -- along with software engineering -- rapid prototyping, hardware development, testing, and validation support for Army systems, including strategic missiles and launchers; radar; data-mining and visualization tools; condition-based maintenance; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); virtual operations centers; and maintenance of cyber-resiliency of fielded systems.

Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, says of the contract award: "Raytheon will support the AMRDEC SED to design, test, and deploy software updates for critical systems used by U.S. combatant commands and defense agencies that range from missiles and launchers to cyber-resiliency. This key partnership will ensure the technology that our soldiers use on the battlefield will be ready and relevant for the fight."

A Raytheon SM-6 missile -- built at the Raytheon Redstone Missile Integration Facility -- being loaded into a specialized container for delivery. (Raytheon photo.)