Raytheon Awarded $2.1 Billion Standard Missile-3 Block IB Contract

Raytheon Missile Systems is being awarded a sole-source, multi-year contract, worth around $2.1 billion, in support of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB missiles.

FY 2019 and 2020 procurement, defense-wide and FMS funds in the amount of around $1 billion will be obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HQ0851-20-C-0002).

Under this contract, the contractor will provide the management, material and services associated with the procurement, manufacture and assembly of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB all up rounds for the U.S. and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) partners.

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona; and Huntsville, Alabama, with a period of performance from contract award through March 26, 2027.

SM-3 Interceptor

Raytheon’s SM-3 interceptor is a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy uses to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

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.

The SM-3 Block IB interceptor has an enhanced two-color infrared seeker and upgraded steering and propulsion capability that uses short bursts of precision propulsion to direct the missile toward incoming targets. It became operational in 2014, deploying for the first time on U.S. Navy ships worldwide.

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