The Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i has been awarded a $7,462,180 contract by the U. S. Navy to provide supplies and services to design, develop, test and demonstrate a component of a new airborne radar system.
The work will be done at the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, near Kekaha.
The contract award was announced by U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawai‘i.
Representatives of the RCUH will provide supplies and services to design, develop, test and demonstrate an off-the-shelf tube-transmitter to be used for the ADS-18 radar under development for the advanced Hawkeye reconnaissance aircraft.
The Hawkeye is an airborne early warning command and control aircraft that can scan long-range surface and air activities with its radar systems. It is an all-weather, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.
It can also be used for drug interdiction, and search-and-rescue support, and has served as the long-range “eyes” of the U.S. Navy fleet for over 30 years.
“This work is an important part of the research and testing that is done” at the base, said Inouye. Work is expected to be completed by September 2005, he added.
Besides the winning RCUH bid, 19 other proposals were submitted.