Raytheon has been contracted to build a mission-critical, advanced Cybersecurity Operations Center for an unidentified country in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Under the $110m contract, Raytheon will provide advanced cybersecurity operations centre and services.

The company will carry out vulnerability assessments and provide cybersecurity response capabilities.

The centre will be responsible for intrusion detection, related training, transfer of knowledge, operational support and incident response.

The Cybersecurity Operations Center will deliver capabilities that allow the country to identify and combat cyber threats to critical defence systems.

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services president Dave Wajsgras said: “Raytheon’s nation-scale cybersecurity solutions are in growing demand from countries around the world as they confront today’s dynamic cyber threats.

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“The challenge of defending large, complex networks, platforms and infrastructure against the most extreme class of cyber threats is fully met by our core cybersecurity competencies and global experience.”

The facility is capable of monitoring the information environment and will provide customers with critical situational awareness, the company stated on its website. The centre is intended to enable proactive defence and rapid response.

Raytheon performs cyber vulnerability assessments in order to assess a customer’s risk. The proactive assessment will facilitate the development of a response plan in collaboration with the client.

The contract comes after the company received two direct commercial sales contracts last week from Qatar to supply a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) and Patriot weapons systems.

Raytheon is required to provide the NASAMS, final certification of the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile extended range (AMRAAM-ER), as well as additional Patriot fire units.