Raytheon Missile Systems is being awarded a contract, worth around $24.7 million, for long lead material in support of fiscal 2019 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block 1 (ESSM Block 1) production and spares requirements.
This contract includes foreign military sales (FMS) to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The sale of 532 ESSMs to Saudi Arabia was approved by the U.S. State Department in 2015 as part of a sale of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships, which are based on the U.S. Navy’s Freedom variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
The cost-only contract was awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Foreign military sales funding in the amount of around $23.8 million will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Work will be performed in Raufoss, Norway (44 percent); Mississauga, Canada (34 percent); and Richmond, Australia (22 percent), and is expected to be complete by December 2021.
RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) is a development of the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile used to protect ships from attacking missiles and aircraft.
The missile is designed to counter supersonic maneuvering anti-ship missiles. It also has the ability to be “quad-packed” in the Mark 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS), allowing up to four missile to be carried in a single cell.
ESSM is the primary ship self-defense missile aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious assault ships and is an integral component of the Navy’s layered area and ship self-defense capability for cruisers and destroyers. It’s also the foundation of several allied navies’ anti-ship missile defense efforts.
ESSM is operational on almost 200 naval platforms worldwide.