WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force awarded Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) a $574.5 million contract to maintain ground-based radar sensors used for missile warning and space surveillance.
The Pentagon announced the contract Aug. 29.
SAIC, based in Reston, Virginia, was awarded a seven-year contract. The Space Systems Command said four competitive bids were received for this project.
Worldwide network of radar sensors
The Space Force operates a network of early warning radar sensors that are used to detect missile threats and to track objects in outer space. They include radar sites at Pituffik Space Base in Greenland; Clear Space Force Station, Alaska; Royal Air Force Fylingdales, United Kingdom; Beale Air Force Base, California; Cape Cod Space Force Station, Massachusetts; and Cavalier Space Force Station, North Dakota.
The U.S. Air Force designed and built these sites during the Cold War primarily to detect and track intercontinental ballistic missiles and sea-launched ballistic missiles while also conducting general space surveillance and satellite tracking.
The contract awarded to SAIC was previously held by Northrop Grumman which won a five-year contract in 2018.