Raytheon Missile Systems has received a $142m contract from the US Navy for the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 weapon system.

The contract will see procurement of material, fabricate parts for assembling, testing, and delivery of RAM Block 2 MK 44 Mod 4 guided missile round packs. In addition, the deal includes an option for foreign military sales to Japan.

The 49.1% work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s Tucson facility in Arizona, US, and the 41.2% in Ottobrunn, Germany.

"The RAM guided missile weapon system offers anti-ship missile defence for multiple ship platforms."

Around 8.5% work will be carried out at Rocket Center in West Virginia, while 1.2% in Andover of Massachusetts, US.

Total work is expected to be completed by February 2018.

Under an international cooperative programme between the US and the Federal Republic of Germany, the RAM guided missile weapon system is co-developed and co-produced to offer anti-ship missile defence for multiple ship platforms.

The RAM Block 2 is an upgraded version of RAM, which is a supersonic, lightweight, quick reaction, fire-and-forget missile.

The weapon system features enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver and a new rocket motor.

It also features upgraded control and autopilot systems to provide anti-ship missile defence simultaneously for multiple ship platforms, such as anti-ship cruise missiles, helicopter and airborne threats, as well as hostile surface craft.