US Air Force selects Raytheon for D-RAPCON

Raytheon has won a $50.6 million fixed-price-incentive, firm fixed-price, cost-reimbursement contract for 19 Deployable Radar Approach Control or D-RAPCON systems.

The D-RAPCON system is a deployable air traffic control surveillance system that provides a supportable, adaptable, persistent, expeditionary terminal approach and en route surveillance and control capability for use by joint, coalition and civil aircraft worldwide.

Work will be performed in Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed in December 2016.

This US Air Force said the award was competitively procured via the internet with two bids received.

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon-led teams submitted rival proposals for the radar systems which can deploy within 48 hours worldwide by C-130 aircraft and take less than six hours to set up.

Raytheon’s D-RAPCON solution consists of primary and secondary ATC radars integrated with a quick set-up deployable radar antenna, self-contained deployable ATC operations centre, ATC voice (VHF/UHF) communications system and secure networked data communications.

The rival Lockheed Martin-ARINC team integrated field-proven systems, including Lockheed Martin’s TPS-79 tactical surveillance radar and Microprocessor-En Route Automated Radar Tracking System (Micro-EARTS), and ARINC’s transportable ATC operations shelter.

The total programme value is expected to be more than $400 million.

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2 Responses to US Air Force selects Raytheon for D-RAPCON

  1. Richard Hazel says:

    Why did it take a year to award the program?