Raytheon has been awarded a $7.4 million Air Force contract for sensors for surveillance satellites.

Raytheon will support the Focused Opportunity Reaching Toward Reliable Electro-Optic Strategic Sensors (FORTRESS) program. The company will "work to advance and maintain the state-of-the-art, scientific knowledge, growth, processing, characterization capability associated with low noise infrared sensor chip assemblies used for National Strategic Space," according to the Department of Defense contract announcement.

The Air Force Research Laboratory contract is scheduled to be completed by July 2019.