Serco has been awarded a three-year contract extension by the UK Ministry of Defence to supply operations and maintenance support for the Solid State Phased Array Radar (SSPAR) at RAF Fylingdales, North Yorkshire.
The main six-year contract ran from 1 April 2014 and was valued at over £15 million. This extension is the first of two three-year options.
Under the terms of the deal, Serco will shoulder responsibility for the operation, maintenance and repair of the SSPAR – part of the UK/US Ballistic Missile Early Warning System – and associated hardware and life support systems, including project management and software maintenance.
Paul McCarter, Serco’s managing director of defence, said the contract employs “a highly skilled and specialised engineering and technical team and is a key part of Serco’s high technology work in the air and space domain”.
RAF Fylingdales is considered to be one of the key components of UK national security providing Ballistic Missile Early Warning Operations for more than 57 years.
Serco is the only contractor to have continuously operated and maintained the facility, beating off 11 rivals in tender exercises.
Some members of the Serco team have been supporting RAF Fylingdales since the beginning, while Serco as a company has provided continuous support on site since it was formed in 1988.