Raytheon awarded $132 million aviation command contract

Raytheon has been awarded a $132 million contract to develop and demonstrate a common aviation command and control system for the US Marine Corps.

Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems has been awarded a $132 million five-year option under an existing Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) contract from the US Marine Corps for full-scale development and demonstration of the CAC2S.

The system will be developed by the Raytheon-led CAC2S Alliance, which includes Gallium Software, General Dynamics Decision Systems, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace and Sensis Corporation.

CAC2S is the next-generation air command and control system for the Marine Corps. It will consolidate five Marine Corps systems now used for command and mission planning, anti-air warfare, air defence, air support co-ordination (for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft), and air traffic control.

The system is said to promote Navy/Marine Corps integration and joint operability and will significantly reduce the lift and logistics requirements for the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

The production contract for the system is expected to be awarded in 2007.