Raytheon has received a $28 million modification to a contract that was previously awarded for the Qatar Air and Missile Defense Operations Center. The US Department of Defense reveals in a statement on Friday that it expects work to be completed by May 4th of 2017. In October of last year, the Qatar Air and Missile Defense Operations Center (ADOC) Program located in Hanscom, AFB had awarded the Raytheon Company with a $160 million dollar contract for the second phase of the initiative.
The contract covers the training of Qatari personnel as well as procurement, installation, delivery and sustainment of the Qatar ADOC system. The original contract awarded to Raytheon was worth up to $76 million dollars and was awarded by the U.S. Air Force to design and maintain an Air and Missile Defense Operations Center in Qatar. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center out of Hanscom Air Force Base capped the amount of the contract at $75.6 million and was the one who solicited the contract.
It is part of an Armed Forces and Modernization and recapitalization effort announced in Qatar back in March of 2014. Raytheon highlighted the Air and Missile Defense Operations Center’s concentrated efforts to integrate the center’s capabilities with a U.S. air defense systems such as Patriot, THAAD and the Early Warning Radar along with the European air defense systems and radar.
The contract represented the collective push by the military contractors to expand into the Middle East as evidenced by the nearly $600 million dollar missile contract modification awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp. split between Qatar, Kuwait, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates. Qatar also was given a $90 million dollar U.S. Army contract back in October of 2014 for Apache helicopter parts to equip the country’s fleet with night vision and targeting sensors.
Raytheon Aircraft has also been busy expanding its intelligence and special operations businesses after having taken over surveillance and cyber-security provider Blackbird Technologies for $420 million dollars. With that acquisition, Raytheon firmly established itself as one of the top industry partners working with the United States Special Operations Command. The company’s ability to provide its customers with reconnaissance, special operations capabilities, secure communications and tactical intelligence/actionable Intel has made Raytheon into a household name.