U.S. Army ballistic-missile test site signs $502 million contract with RGNext

STERLING, Va. RGNext -- a joint venture between Raytheon's Intelligence, Information, and Services business and General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) -- has signed a $502 million, 10-year contract to operate the U.S. Army's Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site. RGNext will manage space-vehicle and ballistic-missile launches and missile-defense tests conducted from islands in the 750,000-square-mile Pacific Ocean range. Under the $502-million, 10-year contract,

Under the terms of the contract, RGNext will maintain the range's launch and safety systems, including radar, telemetry, and optical sensors located on the Kwajalein Atoll.

RGNext will also operate the Range Operations Center and Space Operations Center in Huntsville, Alabama; plus the the Kwajalein Mission Control Center and Range Safety Control Center on Kwajalein. RGNext has hired more than 300 engineers, technicians, and other launch professionals to support these centers.

RGNext operates, maintains, and sustains mission-critical systems to provide safe and effective launch, testing, and tracking of Department of Defense (DoD), civil, commercial, and international spacelift vehicles and supports ballistic-missile, guided-weapon, and aeronautical tests and evaluations.