SRCTec of Cicero has landed an $18 million Army contract to repair portable radar systems that detect incoming rockets, mortars and artillery fired from different directions.
The company, the for-profit affiliate of SRC Inc. of Cicero, has sold more than 400 of the lightweight counter mortar radars to the Army since 2013.
The Pentagon said Tuesday it awarded a five-year contract to SRCTec for routine repairs of the radar systems and cylinders that contain the electronics for the systems.
The contract will provide work for SRCTec through June 29, 2025 and include an option for an additional five-year contract, the Pentagon said.
The contract will help SRCTec maintain its workforce of about 200 people at its manufacturing plant at 5801 East Taft Road in Cicero, said Lisa Mondello, speaking for the company.
The fast-growing company hired more than 50 people at the manufacturing plant in the second half of last year and opened a nearly 61,000 square-foot addition to its SRCTec plant in January. The plant remained open as an essential business during the coronavirus pandemic.
SRC Inc. and SRCTec employ more than 1,600 in offices across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. About 1,000 of those employees are based at the company headquarters in Cicero.
The lightweight counter mortar radars have been one of SRC’s top products, earning an Army award as a top 10 invention of the year after debuting on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
SRC said it has sold more than 1,000 of the radar systems to the United States and its allies, making it the most widely fielded radar of its type in the world. The radars can be mounted on vehicles or set up on rooftops or towers in the battlefield.
SRC, a not-for-profit research and development firm, has experienced rapid growth over the past decade. The company announced plans in 2017 to double its workforce by hiring about 1,000 new employees over five years. SRC plans to fill about 70 jobs this month.