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The US Air Force has awarded BAE Systems a $495 million (€418 million) contract to continue providing a wide range of instrumentation support and sustainment services to military and government agencies for the US and its allies.

The company has been involved in the Instrumentation Range Support Program (IRSP) for 35 years and this new contract extends its role in ensuring the accuracy and operational reliability of tracking systems in support of national security missions. The single-award contract has a ceiling amount of $945 million over seven years.

Since 1985, we have been the sustainment contractor of choice for the IRSP program to ensure test ranges are operational and mission ready,” commented Pete Trainer, VP and General Manager of BAE Systems’ Air Force Solutions business. “[We will] continue our instrumentation sustainment, engineering support, and maintenance services for the 27 IRSP test ranges worldwide. Our work improving the mission readiness of these systems ensures air, missile, and space situational awareness is provided seamlessly to the warfighter and decision makers.”

BAE Systems will service components and subsystems for instrumentation tracking systems such as radars, telemetry and optical range mission systems, flight termination systems, data acquisition systems and global positioning systems. Work under the contract will be performed on the 27 ranges globally that are part of the IRSP. They include those in the US operated by the USAF, Army and Navy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Energy, as well as allied ranges operated in the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland.

A wide range of essential equipment for effective and efficient range operation will continue to be sustained by BAE Systems. (Photo: BAE Systems)

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