[Via Satellite 01-09-2015] The U.S. Air Force has awarded a potential multi-billion-dollar contract to a joint venture between Raytheon and General Dynamics. Under the contract, the joint venture, called Range Generation Next (RGNext), will be required to operate, maintain, and sustain launch ranges at Florida’s Space Coast and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The $1.5 billion, single-award contract has a one-year base period with nine one-year options.
RGNext is now responsible for operations, as well as organizational and depot-level maintenance and sustainment for safe and effective launch, testing, and tracking of Department of Defense, civil, commercial, and international spacelift vehicles. It will also support ballistic missile, guided weapon, and aeronautical tests and evaluations.
RGNext was formed specifically to pursue this deal, known as the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch and Test Range System (LTRS) Integrated Support (LISC) contract, supporting the U.S. Air Force Space Command.
“In this cost-sensitive environment, LISC will deliver efficiencies and economies of scale that could not be obtained under separate contracts. Our team is eager to play its part in helping the customer ensure safe mission operations,” said Lynn Dugle, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services.
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