Raytheon is set to commence work on sustaining and upgrading missile defence and strategic systems operated by the US Army, combatant commands, and other government agencies.

The $600m contract was first announced in June and will continue for three years.

Raytheon will start accepting directions from the US Army within the next one or two months to carry out software sustainment and system engineering services for critical systems.

Critical US Army systems to be featured in the project include terminal high-altitude area defence (THAAD), AN / TPY-2 radars, the ground-based midcourse defence system, the sea-based x-band radar, and upgraded early warning radars.

“The centre delivers enhanced responsiveness to US troops through aviation and missile capabilities, and lifecycle engineering solutions.”

Under the contract, the company will use its expertise in commercial software practices to ensure the quick delivery of software upgrades across the supported systems with an aim to improve their capabilities without affecting critical missions.

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services Mission Support and Modernisation vice-president Todd Probert said: “We’re bringing state-of-the-art, commercial software practices, such as DevOps and Agile, to make sure the systems the army depends on stay ahead of evolving threats.”

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Work on the project will be carried out at the Systems Simulation, Software and Integration Directorate, US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal.

The centre delivers enhanced responsiveness to US troops through aviation and missile capabilities, and lifecycle engineering solutions.

The project is expected to directly generate approximately 800 jobs in the Huntsville, Alabama, US.