Raytheon awarded contract modification for ESSM Block I missile spares

Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise options to procure spares in support of the fiscal 2016-2017 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block I multi-year production requirements.

The firm-fixed-price contract modification, valued around $7.76 million, is awarded by Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, DC. Fiscal 2018 weapons procurement (Navy) funding for the amount will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The ESSM program is an international cooperative effort to design, develop, test and procure ESSM missiles. The ESSM provides enhanced ship defense. Raytheon Missile Systems will provide all-up rounds, inert operation missiles, spare components and shipping containers and will provide other production-related support.

The contract work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (32 percent); Germany (11 percent); Australia (9 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (7 percent); Canada (6 percent); Norway (5 percent); Spain (4 percent); Keyser, West Virginia (4 percent); Netherlands (4 percent); San Jose, California (3 percent); McKinney, Texas (3 percent); Turkey (2 percent); Cincinnati, Ohio (2 percent); Greece (1 percent); Mountain View, California (1 percent); and various places below one percent (6 percent).

The work is expected to be completed by May 2020.


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.

ESSM is designed to counter supersonic maneuvering anti-ship missiles. ESSM also has the ability to be “quad-packed” in the Mark 41 Vertical Launch System.

Compared to the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow, ESSM has a larger, more powerful rocket motor for increased range and agility, as well as upgraded aerodynamics using strakes and skid-to-turn. In addition, ESSM takes advantage of the latest missile guidance technology, with different versions for Aegis/AN/SPY-1, Sewaco/Active Phased Array Radar (APAR), and traditional target illumination all-the-way.

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