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February 27, 2017

Raytheon bags $1.1bn contract to supply early warning radar to Qatar

Raytheon has secured a $1.1bn fixed-price, incentive-firm letter contract to deliver an early warning radar (EWR) system and associated equipment to Qatar as a result of a sole-source acquisition.

By Lopamudra Roy

Raytheon has secured a $1.1bn fixed-price, incentive-firm letter contract to deliver an early warning radar (EWR) system and associated equipment to Qatar as a result of a sole-source acquisition.

Under the terms of the contract, Raytheon's A/N FPS-132 Block 5 EWR system will be incorporated into the Qatar integrated air and missile defence enterprise.

Expected to be complete by 30 June 2021, work on the radar system will be carried out at the company's facility in Woburn, Massachusetts, US.

"With the deployment of the new EWR technology, the Middle Eastern country will gain a permanent defensive capability"

The activity is being contracted by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, in Massachusetts.

In July 2013, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale (FMS) of A/N FPS-132 Block 5 EWR to Qatar.

Under the FMS, Qatar requested delivery of one unit of Raytheon’s A/N FPS-132 Block 5 EWR system, in addition to other prime mission equipment package, communication equipment, technical and support facilities, encryption devices, support and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, spare and repair parts, and other related logistics and programme support.

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With the deployment of the new EWR technology, the Middle Eastern country will gain a permanent defensive capability that could help enhance protection of its well-being, as well as economic infrastructure.

It will also help Qatar improve its capability to address current and future threats in the region and also help reduce the country’s dependence on the US forces.

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