US Navy awards Aegis weapon system PBL contract extension to Raytheon


Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been awarded a follow-on performance base logistics (PBL) contract by the US Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) weapon systems support (WSS) for components of the Aegis weapons system.

Under the five-year PBL modification deal, Raytheon will continue to provide supply support for 352 line items of the system's two key components, the Mk 99 fire control system and SPY transmitter group.

NAVSUP WSS director of contracts captain Chris Mosher said that the recent contract was expected to provide improved performance material availability and maritime readiness while delivering cost savings to the fleet.

“The Raytheon-built fire control system serves as an interface between the radar and missile to communicate and notify the control station about a potential air threat."

The SPY-1D(V) is a shock-reliable high-powered transmitter and supports missions including search, track and missile guidance.

The Raytheon-built fire control system serves as an interface between the radar and missile to communicate and notify the control station about a potential air threat, while highlighting the target destination.

Installed on the US Navy's Ticonderoga-class cruisers and DDG Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the Aegis naval defence weapon system of choice for Australia, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Spain.

An estimated 100 Aegis-equipped ships are currently in service worldwide, which have launched more than 3,800 missiles in tests and real-world operations to date.

Work on the firm and fixed-price contract has a potential value of $75.7m and will be carried out in Norfolk, Virginia and Sudbury, Massachusetts, US, and is scheduled to be completed by November 2017.

Raytheon has been supporting the two components of the Aegis combat system for more than a decade through the PBL contract.