Raytheon to Support U.S. Air Force’s BMEWS and PAVE PAWS Early Warning Radars Under $495 Million SSM-R Contract

Raytheon is being awarded the Solid State Module – Replacement (SSM-R) contract to support the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) and the Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS) early warning radars operated by the U.S. Air Force, Pentagon announced.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, worth around $495 million, is awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

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. The Air Force currently maintains two PAVE PAWS radar sites at Beale Air Force Base in California and Cape Cod Air Force Station in Massachusetts; and three BMEWS radar sites at Clear AFS in Alaska, Thule Air Base in Greenland, and the Royal Air Force station RAF Fylingdales in the UK.

The Phase I of the contract, awarded to Raytheon, includes the production of 148 qualification units and Phase II includes the full rate production of spares, out of band replacements at RAF Fylingdales, and sensitivity improvement units for a maximum total production of up to 40,071 for all five radar sites. The number of units procured is dependent upon funding levels and future sensitivity requirements.

This contract has a base ordering period of five years with a two year ordering option period. Work will be performed at Woburn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 19, 2026.

These five BMEWS/PAVE PAWS Early Warning Radars (EWRs) are ground-based Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) systems providing timely, accurate, and unambiguous missile warning and space situation awareness to the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and missile defense to the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).

Two of the BMEWS Radars – Thule and RAF Fylingdales – and one PAVE PAWS – Beale AFB – have been modified to support the Missile Defense mission through the Upgraded Early Warning Radars (UEWR) program. 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 PAVE PAWS sites – Clear AFS and Cape Cod AFS – will also be upgraded to through the UEWR program in near future.

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