Raytheon Missile Systems business has reached a $1 billion, five-year strategic agreement to purchase propulsion systems from Aerojet Rocketdyne for Standard Missile products.
The deal represents a supply chain centerpiece of multi-year Standard Missiles contracts that Raytheon recently received.
“Moving to multi-year, rather than annual-year contracting enables Raytheon and its supply chain to deliver even more value to our Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy customers, and the taxpayer,” said Eugene Jaramillo, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Global Supply Chain Management. “These multi-year agreements also allow our suppliers to transform the way they do business with Raytheon.”
Aerojet Rocketdyne provides propulsion systems spanning Raytheon’s Standard Missile family. For the SM-2 missile, SM-3 interceptor and SM-6 missile, Aerojet Rocketdyne supplies the majority of the solid rocket motors for these systems. Also, for SM-3, the company produces the Divert and Attitude Control System, a high-precision, quick-reaction propulsion system that positions the interceptor to defeat incoming ballistic missiles.
“Aerojet Rocketdyne has supported one or more variants of the Standard Missile program for more than three decades; we are proud of our contributions to these vital defense products,” said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. “This significant agreement on multi-year contracts strengthens our current relationship and positions Aerojet Rocketdyne favorably for future business opportunities and continued growth.”
Work on the programs will be spread across Aerojet Rocketdyne sites in Orange County, Virginia, the Solid Rocket Motor Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas, and at its Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Huntsville, Alabama. Raytheon produces SM-2 in Tucson, and SM-3 and SM-6 in Huntsville.
The Standard Missile-2 is the world’s premier fleet-area air defense weapon, providing superior anti-air warfare (AAW) capability against today’s advanced anti-ship missiles (AShMs) and aircraft out to 90 nautical miles. It also has limited anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capability.
The SM-2 missile is an integral part of the layered defense that protects the world’s important naval assets and gives warfighters a greater reach in the battlespace.
The SM-3 interceptor is a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy uses to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles (SRBM to IRBM).
The interceptor uses sheer force, rather than an explosive warhead, to destroy its target. Its “kill vehicle” hits threats with the force of a 10-ton truck traveling 600 mph. This technique, referred to as “hit-to-kill,” has been likened to intercepting a bullet with another bullet.
Raytheon’s SM-6 missile delivers a proven over-the-horizon offensive and defensive capability by leveraging the time-tested Standard Missile airframe and propulsion system.
This is the only missile that supports anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense (BMD) in one solution and is enabling the U.S. and its allies to cost-effectively increase the offensive might of surface forces.