U.S. Company Awarded Contract to Upgrade Taiwanese Early Warning Radar

The United States said that the U.S.-based company RTX (formerly Raytheon Technologies) will upgrade Taiwan’s Early Warning Radar (EWR). The Department of Defense announced that the company awarded the contract to RTX on March 22, 2024, through a statement released on the government’s contract award website.

The announcement said that RTX is the only business that can meet the government’s requirements in the contract since it originally developed the radar. The upgrades are expected to take around 18 months to complete, but the release did not provide an estimated cost for the upgrades.

The EWR, a AN/FPS-115 PAVE PAWS, is located on top of Leshan Mountain in Hsinchu County, located along the northern coast of Taiwan. Taiwan bought the PAVE PAWS in 2000 for approximately $1.8 billion USD (58 billion NTD), and the radar became operational in 2013.