Raytheon says its National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System can quickly identify and destroy "current and evolving enemy aircraft."COURTESY
Raytheon says its National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System can quickly identify and destroy "current and evolving enemy aircraft." COURTESY PHOTO / RAYTHEON CO.

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TEWKSBURY -- Raytheon Co. said Thursday that its locally-based Integrated Defense Systems unit has won a contract valued at $1.28 billion to supply the Sultanate of Oman with an air-defense system.

The deal for Raytheon's National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System also includes ground-support gear, a full training package and technical assistance, the defense contractor said in a statement.

The contract, which was awarded in the fourth quarter of 2013, was first announced Monday in Oman at a signing ceremony attended by Raytheon Chief Operating Officer Tom Kennedy.

"The Sultanate of Oman's competitive selection of Raytheon's National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System validates the superior performance, system adaptability and overall security that NASAMS provides," said Dan Crowley, president of Raytheon's Tewksbury-based Integrated Defense Systems unit, in a statement. "Raytheon is committed to delivering the exceptional defense capabilities of NASAMS to Oman."

Raytheon officials say NASAMS works "seamlessly" with the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System and the Hawk Air Defense system.

The defense contractor, along with its long-term partner, Norway-based Kongsberg, will supply the system to Oman, an Arab state on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula.


Oman has nearly 4 million citizens.

Work performed by Raytheon will occur at its Air Defense Center in Andover, which employs more than 3,000 people. Other work will be performed in Kongsberg, Norway.

Raytheon IDS spokeswoman Roopa Bhide confirmed the contract but declined to provide further details, including the nature of work being done locally and hiring prospects, citing the privacy of customers and sensitivity of government defense contracts.

On its website, Raytheon describes NASAMS as a "highly adaptable mid-range solution for any operational air-defense requirement." The company said the system provides an air defender with a "tailorable, state-of-the-art defense system that can maximize their ability to quickly identify, engage and destroy current and evolving enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle or emerging cruise missile threats."

NASAMS protects critical assets in six other nations -- the U.S., Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Finland and one additional country.

Raytheon is Greater Lowell's largest private employer, with an estimated 6,000 workers in Andover, Tewksbury and Billerica. Its IDS unit, which includes air and missile systems, radar technology, and naval and space solutions, is headquartered on Apple Hill Road in Tewksbury.

Corporate headquarters are in Waltham.

Raytheon is the world's fifth-largest defense contractor, posting 2012 sales of $24.4 billion. The company reports fourth-quarter and full-year results for 2013 next Thursday.

Shares of Raytheon closed Thursday at $91.10, down $1.35, on the new York Stock Exchange.

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