Raytheon Missile Systems has received a long-awaited contract to commence low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Evolved SeaSparrow (ESSM) Block 2 ship self-defence missile to support a 2020 initial operational capability (IOC) with the US Navy (USN).
Awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on 26 August, the USD190.5 million contract follows on from a USD97.8 million long lead materials contract placed in March of this year. The new award will procure the remaining materials in support of ESSM Block 2 FY 2019 LRIP Lot 1, Lot 2, and Lot 3 all-up rounds and spares requirements.
The ESSM Block 2 programme is a co-operative effort between the USN and its 11 NATO SeaSparrow Consortium partners (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey) to develop an upgraded ESSM 'front-end' to counter current and future threat capabilities within the existing envelope. These include anti-ship cruise missiles, anti-ship ballistic missiles, and surface threats.
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