Keane Wins Weather Pact

The 10-year, $54 million deal should bolster weather forecasting efforts.
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Keane (KEA) got a 10-year, $54 million subcontract to help upgrade the National Weather Service's prediction service.

Keane said the subcontract comes under a $300 million contract award to

Raytheon

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. Raytheon selected Keane to provide strategic IT, application outsourcing and testing services to the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, a nationwide operational weather data analysis and dissemination system.

AWIPS is the computerized system that processes and overlays multiple data sources to enable more than 100 local weather forecast offices and river forecast centers across the U.S. to generate weather and water forecasts and warnings. In modernizing the software development and maintenance process, Keane enables NWS to reduce defects before fielding AWIPS upgrades and to make the satellite communications arm of AWIPS more flexible and expandable to accommodate a growing stream of data.

To reduce costs and to develop a more maintainable and sustainable environment, Keane will help NWS redesign and streamline its testing processes. The realized cost savings will be directed toward the continuing modernization of other critical AWIPS applications and processes., Keane said. It said it will begin managing the software maintenance, integration and testing of AWIPS at Raytheon's Silver Spring, Md., facility effective Oct. 31.

Early Monday, Keane rose a nickel to $11.52.