Racal dismisses BAe link-up on ASTOR bid

Racal dismisses BAe link-up on ASTOR bid
Alex Mayhew-Smith Racal Electronics has ruled out forming a joint development programme with one of its competitors for the ?750m MoD’s Airborne Stand Off Radar (ASTOR) system contract. Commenting on speculation that Racal could team up with British Aerospace (BAe) to develop the radar system, a Racal spokesman said: “Because of the complexity of the programme, it is not a feasible option. It will cause delay and there is an operational need for the system.” The choice of the contract winner from three competing teams is expected in the next few weeks, following the recommendation of the MoD’s equipment approvals committee, meeting this week. The bidders are: Racal with Lockheed Martin, Raytheon with GEC Marconi (subject of a sale to BAe), and Northrop Grumman with BAe. The closing stages of the race for the lucrative business is believed by insiders to be between the Racal and Raytheon teams. “Racal has been working for 17 years on this programme. We have gone through that time checking with the MoD and adopting their requirements. We have the most custom-built system,” said John Palmer, Racal’s manager for surveillance systems. The Northrop Grumman offer, which has received support from the US government, is unlikely to meet the MoD’s in-service date as it is dependent on the US project to upgrade its own air to ground surveillance capabilities. The winner of the MoD’s contract is also likely to be chosen for NATO’s ?1.5bn equivalent Alliance Ground Surveillance system, to be awarded several years’ hence.


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