Raytheon Technologies has been awarded a $9 million contract modification for the construction of the communications infrastructure at the Qatar Early Warning Radar (QEWR) site.
This contract modification (FA8730-17-C-0010)(P00052), which involves 100% Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Qatar, was awarded with the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, as the contracting activity.
The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to around $1 billion.
The contract work will be performed in Woburn, Massachusetts; and Qatar, and is expected to be completed by December 2020.
Qatar Early Warning Radar (QEWR)
QEWR is an early warning radar that will add long-range detection to Qatar’s layered Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) architecture, which includes Patriot systems and an Air Defense Operation Center (ADOC).
The 360-degree radar tracks ballistic missiles as part of a missile defense shield, expanding Qatar’s ability to protect its people and assets from missile attack.
A layered defense takes fuller advantage of the specialized abilities of different radars and interceptors. EWR strengthens a defense shield built on the Patriot system because it detects a threat at very long range. That provides extra warning time to alert command centers and cue fire control systems.
The EWR is designed to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with minimal personnel requirements.
The sale of AN/FPS-132 Block 5 Early Warning Radar (EWR) to Qatar under the FMS program was announced in 2013.
The FMS agreement, signed Dec. 7, 2016, requested U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) provide the radar itself and associated mission support facilities at a remote location in Qatar.
In February 2017, AFLCMC awarded a $1.06 billion contract to Raytheon Corp. for early warning radar construction in Qatar. It was announced at the time that the radar is expected to be completed June 2021.