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Raytheon steps up again for QEWR

9th December 2020 - 17:39 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Early warning radar system forms part of layered air and missile defence architecture

Raytheon has obtained another contract modification for work on the Qatar Early Warning Radar (QEWR), bringing the cumulative value of the FMS programme to $1.14 billion.

Work on the latest $13.65 million modification will be performed in Andover, Massachusetts for completion by December 2025, the DoD announced on 8 December.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base is the contracting activity.

Raytheon was officially contracted to supply the QEWR in 2017, after an agreement was reached in December 2016. The company subsequently received $36 million and $9 million modifications in August 2019 and June 2020 respectively.

The AN/FPS-132 Block 5 radar (pictured) forms the backbone of QEWR, to provide long-range detection for the national layered Integrated Air and Missile Defense framework which includes Patriot systems and an Air Defense Operation Center for C2.

The system is designed to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with minimal staffing and maintenance.

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