USAF signs $866 million contract to sustain missile warning/missile defense and space tracking radars

MCLEAN, Va. Northrop Grumman has won a competitive bid from the U.S. Air Force to sustain and modify a worldwide network of ground-based radars deemed critical to the success of the Air Force's missile warning/missile defense and space tracking missions.

The Sustainment and Modification of Radar Sensors (SMORS) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract awarded to Northrop Grumman has a seven-year period of performance and a value of up to $866 million.

Northrop Grumman's work on the SMORS contract will enable the high availability of ground-based radar systems for Air Force Space Command, including the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS), Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS), and Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) radars, as well as the support systems associated with them.

Joseph J. Ensor, vice president and general manager, space and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems division, Northrop Grumman, said of the successful bid: “This win reflects the Air Force’s ongoing trust in Northrop Grumman’s sustainment, engineering, and radar expertise, as well as our deep commitment to the success of this mission. We are honored that the Air Force has chosen us to support these unblinking eyes for U.S. forces on a modern threat environment that extends into space.”

Work under the contract will occur in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Linthicum, Maryland; and other radar sites located worldwide.