Raytheon Missile Systems is being awarded a contract, worth around $32 million, for long lead material in support of fiscal 2019 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 low-rate initial production (LRIP) requirements.
The cost-only contract was awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Fiscal 2017 and 2018 other procurement (Navy); fiscal 2018 and 2019 weapons procurement (Navy); and non-expiring Other Funds funding in the amount of around $22 million will be obligated at time of award.
This contract combines purchases for the Navy (43 percent); and the governments of Canada, Australia, Germany, Norway, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Denmark under the NATO Sea Sparrow Consortium. Work will be performed in Raufoss, Norway (47 percent); Mississauga, Canada (32 percent); and Richmond, Australia (21 percent), and is expected to be complete by December 2022.
The ESSM program is a international cooperative effort managed by a NATO-led consortium to design, develop, test, and procure ESSM missiles. It comprises of 12 nations: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United States.
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.
The ESSM Block 2 missile will feature a new guidance system with a dual mode active and semi-active radar. The U.S. Navy and the NATO Seasparrow Project Office conducted the first successful guided flight test of the new missile earlier this year.