Raytheon has secured a $109. 58m contract from the US Navy to purchase the long-lead materials required to meet Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) full-rate production requirements and Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) sustainment.
The US Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, will serve as the contracting activity for the cost-only award, which was not competitively procured.
Work under the contract will be carried out in Arkansas, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Maryland, Oregon, Arizona and Florida, US. It is expected to be completed by March 2018.
Designed to offer over-the-horizon air defence capability, the surface-to-air supersonic missile SM-6 defends against land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight and is also capable of engaging manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
Raytheon has delivered more than 160 SM-6 units since the missile was first deployed by the US Navy in 2013.
Final assembly of the missile currently takes place at Raytheon’s SM-6 and SM-3 all-up-round production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, US.
SM-2 offers increased intercept range, high- and low-intercept capabilities, and performance against advanced and anti-ship missile threats. It can be launched from the MK-41, MK-13 and MK-26 launchers.
The primary mission of SM-2, which is integrated with both Aegis and non-Aegis combat weapon systems, is fleet-area air defence and ship self-defence. The missile has also demonstrated an extended-area air defence protection capability.
To date, Raytheon has delivered more than 5,000 SM-2s to the US and allied customers including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Spain and Taiwan.
Image: Launch of a SM-6 during a live-fire test of the Aegis weapons system in the Pacific Ocean. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.