by Staff Writers
Tucson AZ (SPX) Dec 19, 2012
The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $108 million contract for continued production of Standard Missile-2 all-up rounds, a majority of which will be sold to U.S. allies through foreign military sales. This award brings the total fiscal year 2011 contract value to more than $200 million.
"The U.S. Navy has committed to supporting SM-2 past 2035, and this contract award reflects our international partners' desire to maintain this key defensive asset in their inventories," said Michael Campisi, Raytheon Missile Systems' senior director for SM-2 and SM-6 production.
"The SM-2 production line is open for all our allies' requirements, and there will be full mission support available throughout the lifecycle of this critical asset."
SM-2 is deployed by the U.S. and eight allied navies. The missile provides high- and low-altitude intercept capabilities and performance against advanced anti-ship missile threats.
"SM-2 has been the primary surface-to-air fleet-air defense weapon of choice for decades," said Campisi. "It's an extremely effective, relevant weapon that will continue to protect navies around the globe for many years to come."
+ SM-2 has been integrated with both Aegis and non-Aegis combat weapon systems.
+ The missile can be launched from the MK-41, MK-13 and MK-26 launchers.
+ SM-2 has an extensive flight test history of more than 2,500 successful flight tests.
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