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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

RGNext signs contract to operate missile test site

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RGNext recently signed a $502-million, 10-year contract to operate the U.S. Army’s Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, which tests missiles on islands in the 750,000-square-mile Pacific Ocean range.

The company will maintain systems such as radar, telemetry and optical sensors on the Kwajalein Atoll and will operate the Range Safety Control Center and the Kwajalein Mission Control Center. It also will operate the Range Operations Center and Space Operations Center in Huntsville, Ala.

“The Reagan Test Site is used for some of our nation’s most important defense programs, from ensuring our ballistic missiles work as designed to proving the capabilities of our missile defense systems,” Todd Probert, vice president at Raytheon IIS, said. “The Army chose RGNext because we are experts at safely operating launch ranges and bring deep knowledge and experience to support this critical mission.”

RGNext is jointly owned by Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business and General Dynamics Information Technology. It manages the rocket launch sites at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

RGNext maintains mission-critical systems to provide safe and effective testing, launching and tracking of military, civil, commercial and space vehicles. It also supports aeronautical, guided weapon and ballistic missile tests.