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Raytheon to supply USSOCOM aircraft with Silent Night radars


The U.S. Department of Defense on December 1 announced that Raytheon Technologies was awarded a $235,576,667 C-Type, multi-year procurement contract for the production and delivery of the Silent Knight Radar in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) requirements.

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Raytheon to supply USSOCOM aircraft with Silent Night radars

Boeing MH-47G Chinook fitted with a Silent Night radar (Picture source: U.S. Army/Sgt. 1st Class Jason Cauley)


Fiscal 2020 procurement funds in the amount of $8,181,918; and fiscal 2021 procurement funds in the amount of $61,181,024 are being obligated at time of award. The work will be performed in McKinney and Forest, Mississippi, and is expected to be completed by July 2025. USSOCOM, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.

In June 2019 Raytheon was awarded a $96.6 million contract for the initial production of the Silent Knight system for Special Operations Command. This radar is to be outfitted on the MH-47G Chinook and MH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, MC-130 Hercules and CV-22 Osprey. These aircraft are used for special forces support, clandestine personnel insertion and extraction, combat search and rescue, and tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel missions. The Silent Night radar provides safe navigation at low altitudes at night or in bad weather.