Raytheon has been awarded a contract to modernise the US Air Force’s (USAF) Weather Data Analysis (WDA) system.

Under the terms of the $11.5m Increment 4, Build B programme contract, the company will upgrade the existing meteorological satellite capability and legacy systems at the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA), located at Offutt Air Force Base (AFB) in Nebraska, US.

The enhancements are expected to provide the agency with a net-centric infrastructure to improve its weather forecast analysis capabilities and deliver real-time information to help warfighters make informed decisions in the battlefield.

Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems business Space and Environmental Mission Solutions director James Olson said: "Enhancing WDA will deliver advanced capabilities to the Air Force, enabling the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) to process and disseminate data from next generation meteorological satellites more efficiently, significantly reducing sustainment costs."

The work will include the installation of hardware and an open source database to help the AFWA deliver information gathered by its next generation weather satellites, Suomi NPP and Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) 1 and 2, to soldiers.

As part of the Increment 2 programme contract awarded in March 2003, Raytheon has already developed the initial WDA capabilities, and completed Increment 3 and Increment 4, Build A phases.

The WDA is the core of the AFWA’s global system architecture and is a major weather data and product contributor to the Air Force Weather (AFW) enterprise.