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U.S. Air Force signs Raytheon to upgrade operations center weapons systems

By Richard Tomkins

April 27 (UPI) -- Raytheon is modernizing the U.S. Air Force's Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System, or AOC WS, over the next six years.

The contract, issued by the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, will update the existing AOC WS baseline software, as well as developing and deploying new software upgrades to enhance air and space command and control operations at a cost of up to $375 million.

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"Raytheon will use our unmatched cyber, automation and analytics expertise to modernize the Air Force's weapons system, providing an advantage in everything from security to actionable insight in the digital battlespace," Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, said in a press release.

Operating at 22 locations worldwide, Air and Space Operations Centers use the AOC WS for strategic command-and-control of aircraft.

Raytheon will perform the modernization using a sustainment approach to improve systems incrementally without interruption of critical missions, the company said.

Raytheon said it is hiring new employees for the work, with plans to base the development team in Hampton, Va.

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