The US Air Force’s Launch and Range Systems Wing (LRSW) at Los Angeles base has awarded a systems engineering support contract, for the US launch and test range system (LTRS), to a team.

The $38.4m contract has been awarded to the team, which includes Booz Allen Hamilton, Arinc, Cirrus Technology, Ensco and Lockheed Martin Enterprise Integration.

Under the four-year contract, the team will provide systems engineering and integration support to modernise the US space launch ranges operated by the LRSW’s Spacelift Range Group.

The LTRS system includes ground-based surveillance, navigation, flight operations and analysis, command and control, communications and weather equipment that are used for space missions.

These systems are located at the Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida; and the Western Range, Vandenberg AFB in California.

The current LTRS modernisation programme, which will include the range standardization and automation programme, will replace nearly 20% of the existing system, installed during the 1960s and 1970s.

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Ongoing instrumentation modernisation projects, numerous recapitalisation efforts, and various depot support projects to reduce operations and sustainment costs will also be part of the LTRS upgrade.

The LRSW’s main role is to develop and acquire expendable launch systems, manage launch integration, mission assurance and launch campaigns, for space launch operations and ballistic missile and aeronautical testing.