Raytheon Co., the world’s largest missile maker, won the U.S. Defense Department’s biggest contract last month, a potential $1.6 billion deal to build advanced radar for new naval destroyers.
The Waltham, Mass.-based company received a Navy contract to develop the air and missile defense radar for Arleigh Burke-class destroyers beginning in 2016, according to the Oct. 10 announcement.
Raytheon beat out Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. and Falls Church, Va.-based Northrop Grumman Corp. for the work, most of which will be performed at the company’s Sudbury, Mass., site.
The award topped a list of more than 180 contracts announced in October, with a combined value of more than $17 billion, according to a Military.com analysis of the Pentagon’s daily contract announcements. That figure doesn’t reflect what is actually spent, or obligated, because many deals are only partially funded at first.
The total is less than a third of the value of agreements announced in September, which is typically the busiest time of year for federal contracting as employees rush to ink deals before the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. The trend was likely exacerbated this year by the federal government shutdown.
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