SOCOM’s Terrain-Following Radar Competition
Special Forces often have to fly into an area in the dark of night, hugging the ground in order to escape radar detection. Good terrain following radars are extremely valuable to them, and so U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has issued a pair of cost-plus-incentive-fee contracts worth $15.6 million to create demonstration models of new Terrain-Following/ Terrain-Avoidance (TF/TA) radars. In both cases, work will be performed from April 1, 2005 through 1 March, 2006. If the demonstrations are successful, the resulting products can begin to move up the procurement chain – though SOCOM’s procurement approach tends to be compressed and expedited.
Northrop Grumman System Corp’s contract has a potential maximum value of $8.8 million, and will be performed out of Linthicum, MD (H9222-05-C-0014). Raytheon Co. received the other contract with a potential maximum value of $6.8 million, and the work will be performed in McKinney, TX (H9222-05-C-0013).