InDyne Inc. has been awarded a contract modification, worth around $51 million, in support of U.S. Air Force’s Solid State Phased Array Radar Systems (SSPARS).
This modification provides for the exercise Option Year Two for the management, operation, maintenance, and logistical support of SSPARS.
Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the full amount were obligated at the time of the award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is around $144 million. The USAF 21st Contracting Squadron at Peterson AFB, Colorado, is the contracting activity.
The contract work will be performed at Beale Air Force Base, California; Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; Thule Air Base, Greenland; and Royal Air Force Fylingdales, United Kingdom, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2021.
Solid State Phased Array Radar System (SSPARS)
The Solid State Phased Array Radar System (SSPARS) is a radar, computer, and communications system for missile early warning and space surveillance operated by the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
The radars are located at five geographically separated units: Beale Air Force Base, California; Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; Thule Air Base, Greenland; and Royal Air Force (RAF) Fylingdales, United Kingdom.
Out of these five sites, two are the original PAVE PAWS (Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System) radar sites (Beale AFB and Cape Cod AFS), and three are original BMEWS (Ballistic Missile Early Warning System) radar sites (Clear AFS, Thule AB, and RAF Fylingdales).
The SSPARS system began replacing PAVE PAWS when the new AN/FPS-123 Early Warning Radars became operational in Beale and Cape Cod in each base’s existing PAVE PAWS “Scanner Building”. The UK and Alaska BMEWS stations became SSPARS radar stations when their respective AN/FPS-126 and AN/FPS-120 radars became operational. Clear’s SSPARS site (separate from the BMEWS site) with FPS-120 radar achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on January 31, 2001; the date the entire SSPARS became operational.
The SSPARS radar electronics were subsequently upgraded at two of the BMEWS Radar sites – Thule and RAF Fylingdales – and one PAVE PAWS site – Beale AFB – through the Upgraded Early Warning Radars (UEWR) program. The radars at those sites are designated AN/FPS-132 UEWR. These sites are designed primarily to detect and track Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and Sea Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM), while conducting general space surveillance and satellite tracking.
The other two BMEWS/PAVE PAWS (BPP) sites – Clear AFS and Cape Cod AFS – will also be upgraded to through the UEWR program.
In September last year, Raytheon was awarded the Solid State Module – Replacement (SSM-R) contract to support the BMEWS and the PAVE PAWS early warning radars. The SSM-R acquisition will see the procurement of up to 40,071 modules to address obsolescence, Out-of-Band (OoB) emissions, sparing and future sensitivity upgrades at all the five BMEWS/PAVE PAWS (BPP) radar sites.