Cheyenne Mountain Complex

Raytheon is set to begin work on a contract awarded by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to support operations at its Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado Springs, US.

The $700m NORAD integrated space support contract (NISSC) was initially awarded to Raytheon in April this year, but the company failed to execute it on time due to protests by the losing contractors, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

However, the Government Accountability Office denied the protests on 25 August.

Under the terms of the multi-year indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract, the company will provide 24/7 support to warning and attack assessment systems for air, missile and space threats.

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services mission support and modernisation vice-president Todd Probert said: "With the protest behind us, Raytheon can now focus even more on ensuring a seamless programme transition and, in partnership with the Air Force, delivering innovative, efficient operations, maintenance and sustainment.

"We are focused on expanding our support to the Air Force in Colorado Springs, investing in our employees and enhancing the local community."

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"We are focused on expanding our support to the Air Force in Colorado Springs, investing in our employees and enhancing the local community"

Raytheon has recently taken measures to ensure a successful transition of the contract, which include holding recruiting events in Colorado Springs and other locations and acquiring additional office space.

Recruiting day events are planned for the coming weeks, with an aim to hire up to 700 employees in Colorado Springs by the end of 2016. The company intends to quickly complete construction on the new office space.

Last month, the company entered into a multi-year partnership with the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation to focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programmes.

Raytheon currently has 100 employees in its Colorado Springs’ office, as reported by The Gazette.

Image: The North Portal entrance to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US. Photo: courtesy of Gonio