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Raytheon has been awarded the network-centric solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) application services contract to boost the availability of information technology (IT) services for the US Air Force (USAF).

The seven-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract features a combined ceiling for all awarded contracts of $960m.

According to the contract, the company will compete for a broad spectrum of IT services, including sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational support for the air force.

Additional services include, but are not limited to, data processing, web-services support and service-oriented architecture constructs.

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) business Systems Modernization and Sustainment vice-president Bill Jones said the contract enables the company to provide its latest information, sustainment and engineering solutions to the air force.

"The seven-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract features a combined ceiling for all awarded contracts of $960m."

"We look forward to working with the Air Force to efficiently and affordably meet their mission needs,” Jones said.

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The contract is scheduled to be managed through the Raytheon IDIQ Service Center, in an effort to ensure both efficiency and contract optimisation by the entire company and its teammates.

Raytheon IDIQ Service Center director Susan Haeseler said the contract award represents a great opportunity for the company to support the air force and other federal agencies.

"Raytheon will bring expertise from all four of our businesses to offer innovative solutions for the rapidly changing needs of the customer," Haeseler said.

A follow-on recompete of NETCENTS acquisition vehicle for telecommunications and IT services, NETCENTS-2 contracts aim to simplify the acquisition of services and capabilities by soldiers through the supply of a range of IT network-centric and telephony products, services and solutions, such as net-centric operations and missions.

Additional services include traditional infrastructure, networks, systems and operations and addressing emerging needs based on the AF Chief Information Officer’s (CIO’s) service oriented architecture (SOA) construct.

Image: The NETCENTS-2 application services contract aims to boost the availability of IT services for the US Air Force. Photo: courtesy of Ken Wright.

Defence Technology