Lockheed Martin has awarded a contract to BAE Systems to build and supply additional advanced missile seekers for the long-range anti-ship missile (LRASM).

The contract is worth $60m and does not specify the number of missile seekers to be manufactured and delivered.

It moves the programme from accelerated acquisition to low-rate production.

BAE Systems Radio Frequency Sensors product area director Bruce Konigsberg said: “Our warfighters need resilient, long-range precision strike capabilities to compete with modern adversaries.

“We’re proud to partner with Lockheed Martin in delivering this distinct competitive advantage to US warfighters.”

LRASM merges extended range along with enhanced survivability and lethality in a bid to provide long-range precision strike capabilities.

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The seekers feature long-range sensors and targeting technology that enable the missile to identify and destroy protected maritime targets even in difficult electromagnetic environments.

It decreases dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, network links, and GPS navigation.

The company noted that it is working on bringing down the size of the seeker system while making it extra capable, and efficient.

BAE Systems will perform the work on the sensor at its facilities in Wayne, New Jersey, Greenlawn, New York, and Nashua, New Hampshire.

In a separate development, BAE Systems has completed the systems maintenance and repair on the Royal Canadian Navy ship, HMCS Toronto.

Work was carried out at Portsmouth Naval Base, UK.

BAE Systems Warship Support Director Jon Pearson said: “The support we provided to HMCS Toronto in Portsmouth demonstrates our ability to support allied nations navies with the capabilities we provide daily to the Royal Navy.

“Not only can we can deploy these services and expertise in the UK, but we can do so in locations around the world from the Middle East to the Caribbean, the South Atlantic, the Far East and North America.”