Raytheon awarded contract to transition SM-3 Block IIA program into production

Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a contract to allow RMS to provide engineering services, analysis, and material necessary to transition the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA program into production.

The not-to-exceed value of the contract modification, awarded by Missile Defense Agency (MDA), is around $59.7 million.

Under the contract, the contractor will develop engineering manufacturing readiness level (EMRL) 3 compliance, achieve sustained rate capability of producing two all-up rounds per month, demonstrate EMRL 4 compliance, and achieve tactical configuration readiness.

The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to around $694.3 million from around $634.5 million.

The work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an expected completion date of March 2020.

RIM-161 Standard Missile 3

RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) is a ship-based missile system used by the U.S. Navy to intercept short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles (SRBM, IRBM) as a part of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (Aegis BMD).

Although primarily designed as an anti-ballistic missile, the SM-3 has also been employed in an anti-satellite capacity against a satellite at the lower end of low Earth orbit.

The SM-3 is primarily used and tested by the U.S. Navy and also operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

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