DULLES, Va., 1 Sept. 2016. Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) won a subcontract valued up to $104 million to modernize the ground segment for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk autonomous unmanned aircraft system (UAS), also called unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone. Raytheon partners with Northrop Grumman as the ground integrator for Global Hawk contracts.
Global Hawk's modernized mission control stations will use an open architecture to provide the U.S. Air Force flexibility for adding different mission payloads and new platforms. Proven safety features are combined with Raytheon's cybersecurity for a safe and secure system.
Raytheon will develop and install building-based mission control stations at Beale and Grand Forks Air Force Bases. The new stations will replace the current, shelter-based, mission control and launch & recovery elements.
"The Raytheon and Northrop Grumman team delivers innovative solutions that help the Air Force develop critical battlefield intelligence capability," says Todd Probert, vice president of Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS). "We modernize systems with a unique approach that enhances the mission and reduces overall costs."
Northrop Grumman builds the Global Hawk, the U.S. Air Force's high-altitude, long-endurance platform used to gather a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, data. Raytheon provides modernized ground controls to enhance capabilities, safety and cybersecurity of Global Hawk operations worldwide.
Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology company specializing in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries.
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