Tucson’s Raytheon Company has been awarded a $190 million production contract by the U.S. Navy, the corporation announced Monday in a press release.
The ESSM Block 2 missiles will now have a new guidance system with a dual mode active and semi radar.
The Navy has decided to move from development to production on enhanced intermediate-range, surface-to-air missiles.
These missiles are the main source of self-defense ammunition on Navy aircrafts and deck assault ships.
“ESSM plays a critical role in protecting navy sailors worldwide and our international partners share our commitment to evolve this missile,” said Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Strategic and Naval Systems vice president.
The Block 2 variant of the projectile is scheduled for introductory operating capability in 2020.
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