Raytheon to provide support for AN/TPY-2 and Sea-Based X-Band radars

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been awarded a contract to provide operations and sustainment (O&S) support for the Army Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance Model 2 (AN/TPY-2); and Sea-Based X-Band (SBX) radar.

The $1.5 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract was awarded by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) as a result of a sole-source acquisition.

The O&S support contract includes AN/TPY-2 radar logistics support, AN/TPY-2 sustaining engineering, AN/TPY-2 transition and transfer, AN/TPY-2 depot transition, SBX logistics support, and SBX sustaining engineering.

Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,252,264 are being obligated at time of award. The ordering period is from Nov. 1, 2017, through Oct. 31, 2020, with four successive one year option periods provided in the contract.

The work will be performed in Woburn, Massachusetts, and several stateside and overseas locations.


AN/TPY-2 Surveillance Transportable Radar, also called the Forward Based X-Band Transportable (FBX-T) is a long-range, high-altitude active electronically scanned array (AESA) surveillance radar developed by Raytheon and the U.S. Army.

The radar was designed to add a tier to existing missile and air defense systems.

It is the primary radar for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system, but also cues the  AN/MPQ-53 radar of the MIM-104 Patriot (PAC-3) system.

The U.S. Army remains responsible for its use by air defense artillery in theater and tactical applications while the MDA is responsible for its applications as a component of national ballistic missile defense.

An AN/TPY-2 is based in Alaska as part of U.S. national missile defense development. It has been also deployed in Japan to collect strategic-level information on North Korean missile developments, as well as warning Japan of incoming warheads.

The U.S. has agreed to provide it to Israel, to complement their two-tier Arrow 2 missile and Patriot PAC-3 missile defense.

Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX-1)

Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX-1) is a floating, self-propelled, mobile active electronically scanned array (AESA) early-warning radar station designed to operate in high winds and heavy seas.

It was developed as part of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD).

The radar is mounted on a fifth generation CS-50 twin-hulled semi-submersible oil platform. Conversion of the vessel was carried out at the AmFELS yard in Brownsville, Texas; the radar mount was built and mounted on the vessel at the Kiewit yard in Ingleside, Texas.

It is nominally based at Adak Island in Alaska and has spent significant time at Pearl Harbor in test status.

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