Raytheon Wins Army Lower Tier Air, Missile Defense Sensor Contract

The U.S. Army has selected Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) to build a new radar technology for the service branch’s Patriot missiles under a $384M initial firm-fixed-price contract, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

The Army used an “other transaction authority” procedure for the award covering delivery and test of six Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor prototypes over a three-year period.

In 2017, the miliary service tapped Raytheon, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Technovative Applications to submit concepts as part of the LTAMDS competition.

Thomas Kennedy, Raytheon CEO and 2019 Wash100 winner, said at a Morgan Stanley conference last month  the Army sought a radar that could counter emerging threats and “allow the Patriot system to continue to live on another 40 years.”

The Waltham, Mass.-based defense company submitted its LTAMDS proposal in July and said its proposed system employs a gallium nitride-based active electronically scanned array radar.

According to Raytheon, it worked with six technology suppliers as part of its contract pursuit. Those companies are Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Cummings Aerospace, IERUS Technologies, Kord Technologies, Mercury Systems and nLogic.

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