Raytheon Missile Systems is awarded a contract, worth around $149.4 million, for the engineering, manufacturing, and development of Standard Missile-2 Block IIIC (SM-2 Block IIIC) interceptor missile.
The cost-plus-incentive contract was awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
The SM-2 Block IIIC is an active terminal homing version of the SM-2 MR missile. This will incorporate the active homing seeker of the SM-6 (RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM)) missile into the existing SM-2 airframe.
This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) – only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Fiscal 2019 and 2018 research, development, testing and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of around $50 million will be obligated at time of award.
Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (85 percent); Wolverhampton, England (6 percent); East Aurora, New York (6 percent); Middletown, Ohio (2 percent); and Englewood, Colorado (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2022.
The Standard Missile-2 is a premier fleet-area air defense weapon, providing superior anti-air warfare (AAW) and limited anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capability against today’s advanced anti-ship missiles (AShM) and aircraft out to 90 nautical miles and an altitude of 65,000 feet. The SM-2 missile is an integral part of layered defense that protects some of the world’s important naval assets.
SM-2 missile variants have successfully intercepted targets and are lethal against subsonic, supersonic, low- and high- altitude, high-maneuvering, diving, sea-skimming, anti-ship cruise missiles, fighters, bombers and helicopters in an advanced electronic countermeasures environment. The SM-2 missile has extensive area- and self-defense flight test history with more than 2,700 successful flight tests from domestic and international ships.
Raytheon restarted the SM-2 missile line in 2017 to meet global demands from international customers, which include eight international countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Spain and Taiwan. Several other navies are also defining requirements and ship configurations to support SM-2 applications.