Two firms have been selected for negotiation for preproduction models of NEXRAD, the next generation weather radar system that aims to improve severe weather forecasting. The 40-month, cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts, each valued at $20 million, were awarded to Raytheon Co. of Wyland, Mass., and to Sperry Corp. of Great Neck, N.Y., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The contract awards represent the second of four phases in the 10-year process of the development and deployment of a national weather radar system to replace existing but aging units. One of the companies will be selected in late 1986 for a contract for limited production of the radar units. Full production and installation of the first operational units are expected by early 1988.