Boeing has been awarded a $1.17bn modification against a previously issued basic ordering agreement to procure Harpoon tactical missiles and support equipment. 

This contract includes the purchase of 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Update (HIIU) Grade B canister tactical missiles, four RTM-84L-4 Block II HIUU Grade B canister exercise missiles, 411 containers, four blast test vehicles, two Harpoon Weapon System (HWS).

It also includes Joint Common Test Sets (JCTS), Harpoon Coastal Defense System (HCDS) spares, weapon station support equipment, JCTS spares, missile spares, HCDS training equipment, integrated logistics support and technical publications, field service representatives, and training.

In 2021, the US approved the sale of Harpoon Joint Common Test Sets to India.

As rival powers successfully obtain and test missiles and missile systems, it puts focus on the US’s programmes. US programmes have been advancing at pace in recent years, but other nations’ developments have been causing concern. 

The US has tested many of its programmes in the last month. BAE Systems and the US Army tested the sub-calibre long-range projectile and APKWS precision-guided rockets. 

Other initiatives, such as the LRMF Programme (Long Range Manoeuvrable Fires), aim to develop missile solutions that US soldiers can fire from the US Army’s existing launcher systems to counter several distant threats at long ranges, which exceeds the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) baseline. In March, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon-Northrop were chosen for the initiative. 

According to GlobalData’s “The Global Missiles & Missile Defense Systems Market” report, North America is anticipated to be the second-largest market globally, with a revenue share of 28.5%. Due to the growth in the missile capabilities of adversaries China and Russia, the US is expected to continue spending significantly on MMDS throughout the forecast period to ensure its continued militaristic edge.

Source: GlobalData Intelligence

Work on the contract will be performed at various locations and is expected to be completed by March 2029. Foreign Military Sales funds of $629,776,672 will be obligated at the time of the award.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity for this procurement. 

In 2022, China tested its anti-ballistic missile interceptor, which the Ministry of Defence claimed was not a move against any country. Russian troops, in late 2022, performed military exercises to position new S-300V Systems.