Honor guards prepare to raise the Taiwan flag in the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall square. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Raytheon Technologies has been awarded a sole-source contract to update Taiwan’s decade-old surveillance radar system, according to a US government announcement.

The upgrade will “increase the air surveillance capability for the system. This effort will further enhance the air surveillance mission software capabilities,” an Air Force spokesperson told Breaking Defense.

The Taiwan Surveillance Radar (SRP) went live in 2013, aiming to give the island nation a heads up on incoming ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as enemy aircraft.

Neither the announcement on SAM.gov nor the Air Force disclosed the dollar amounts associated with the agreement, but the notice did state it is a firm-fixed-price contract with an 18 month-long period of performance. Raytheon did not return a request for comment by press time.

That Raytheon would win this upgrade isn’t a shock, given the radar system is Raytheon-made and the company controls the data rights to the program.

“Market research has indicated that Raytheon Technologies is the only company capable of meeting Government requirements, as Raytheon Technologies is the primary lead integrator and the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the already purchased EWR capability,” the SAM notice reads.

The company was awarded a $412 million sustainment contract for the program in 2022.