$68.3M for Sentinel Radar Manufacturer Support
The Thales-Raytheon Systems Co. LLC joint venture in Fullerton, CA received a $68.3 million firm-fixed price/ cost-plus fixed fee contract for life cycle support of its AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air defense radars until Dec 31/11. There was one bid solicited on Aug. 9, 2007, and 1 bid was received by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL (W31P4Q-08-C-0217).
The Sentinel radar has been in development for several years, and was first delivered to the US Army in April 2006. It is described by the manufacturer as “a highly mobile, three-dimensional, phased-array, ground-based air defense radar system that operates in the X-band. It automatically detects, tracks, identifies, classifies and reports airborne threats, including helicopters, high-speed attack aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.” One of its roles will be as the primary air defense radar for the SLAMRAAM air defense missile system, which was the recent subject of a Pentagon Inspector General report.