GDIT and Raytheon Will Operate Army Ballistic Missile Test Site
Under a $502 million contract, RGNext, a joint venture between Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business and General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), will operate the U.S. Army’s Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site. The companies will be responsible for safely managing space vehicle and ballistic missile launches as well asand missile defense tests conducted from islands in the 750,000-square-mile Pacific Ocean range.
For ten years, the joint venture will manage the range’s launch and safety systems, including radar, telemetry and optical sensors located on the Kwajalein Atoll. RGNext also will operate the Range Operations Center and Space Operations Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the Kwajalein Mission Control Center on Kwajalein, and the Range Safety Control Center, also on Kwajalein. More than 300 Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services and General Dynamics engineers, technicians and other launch professionals are to support the mission.
“The Reagan Test Site is used for some of our nation’s most important defense programs, from ensuring our ballistic missiles work as designed to proving the capabilities of our missile defense systems,” said Todd Probert, vice president at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “The Army chose RGNext because we are experts at safely operating launch ranges and bring deep knowledge and experience to support this critical mission.”
“RGNext remains focused on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of mission critical functions for their customers,” said Rich Farinacci, vice president, Naval and Training Programs, GDIT. “RGNext is prepared to help their customers modernize their legacy systems and continue to deliver solutions that advance mission performance.”
RGNext also manages the two major rocket launch sites in the U.S, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and Cape Canaveral, Florida.