Raytheon and General Dynamics (GD) joint venture has been awarded a contract to support the US Air Force (USAF) Space and Missile Systems Center’s launch and test range system (LTRS).
The $1.5bn contract LTRS integrated support (LISC) contract requires Range Generation Next (RGNext) to operate, maintain, and sustain launch ranges at Florida’s Space Coast and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Specifically, the contract is focused on operations, as well as organisational and depot-level maintenance and sustainment for safe and effective launch, testing, and tracking of US Department of Defense, civil, commercial, and international spacelift vehicles.
The single-award contract has a one-year base period with nine one-year options, and is also expected to support ballistic missile, guided weapon, and aeronautical tests and evaluations.
Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services president Lynn Dugle said: "Together, Raytheon and General Dynamics offer the US Air Force more than 40 years of operations and maintenance experience, along with leadership across information technology domains.
"In this cost-sensitive environment, LISC will deliver efficiencies and economies of scale that could not be obtained under separate contracts."
General Dynamics Information Technology president Dan Johnson said: "As part of this proven team, General Dynamics Information Technology will leverage lessons learned and proven processes to ensure the ranges continue as the nation’s premier launch facilities."
The fixed-price-incentive firm contract also covers existing operations and maintenance at the Eastern and Western launch ranges located at Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, and Vandenberg AFB, California, as well as the engineering and sustainment work for the entire LTRS system.
The LTRS performs range safety, launch vehicle tracking and assessment, and area surveillance missions collecting, in addition to processing and distributing data for command and control.
Image: RGNext will operate, maintain, and sustain launch ranges at Florida’s Space, US. Photo: courtesy of NASA / Chris Hadfield.