Raytheon wins US$26 million bid to provide early warning system for Taiwan

Major U.S. defense contractor Raytheon wins bid to upgrade Taiwan's missile warning system

Raytheon's Upgraded Early Warning Radar system. (By Wikimedia Commons)

The U.S. Department of Defense announced  on Nov. 28 that Raytheon has been awarded a US$26 million contract to upgrade Taiwan's missile warning radar centers.

Massachusetts-based Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, a major U.S. defense contractor and the largest manufacturer of guided missiles in the world, has been contracted to upgrade Taiwan's aging missile warning centers.

According to the Department of Defense announcement:

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense System, Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $26,223,357 modification for Taiwan Early Warning Radar Surveillance Radar Program Missile Warning Center.

Work on the missile warning systems will be carried out at the firm's Woburn, Massachusetts facility, and is expected to be completed by May 28, 2018.

The system that Raytheon will be installing, Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR), is designed to provide operators early detection and tracking of incoming ballistic missiles, as well as rapid determination of threat versus non-threat objects. It can also support the intercept of ballistic missiles well away from their intended targets.

The announcement also stated that the contract was the result of a sole-source acquisition and that it is comprised of 100 percent foreign military sales to the government of Taiwan.

The Taiwanese newspaper the United Daily News in September reported that Taiwan had installed early warning radar on Taiping Island after images of new military hardware appeared on Google Earth fueled media speculation.