Next Generation Radar Decision Remains in Limbo

Raytheon is appealing a decision by a federal claims court, which cleared the way for the Air Force to review bids by rival companies for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar system, company spokesman Michael Nachschen told Air Force Magazine. The Air Force awarded Raytheon the contract for the 3DELRR system—which will track aircraft, missiles, and remotely piloted aircraft—in October 2014. Raytheon sued the Air Force in January after USAF announced it would re-evaluate bids following 2014 protests by Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. A federal claims court, last week, dismissed that case. “Raytheon believes the Air Force properly awarded the 3DELRR contract, which is why we are appealing the court’s decision,” said Nachschen. “We hope that the court will confirm our position, enabling us to focus on providing the warfighter the much needed 3DELRR capability.” Justin Oakes, a spokesman for Hanscom AFB, Mass., told Reuters the Air Force is “continuing to move forward with our overall corrective action plan while we wait for the court to rule on the motions.”