Raytheon Missile Systems is awarded a contract modification, worth around $8.6 million, to exercise options in support of fiscal 2020 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 low rate initial production requirements.
This modification, awarded by the U.S. Navy, will procure additional materials in support of the fiscal 2020 ESSM Block 2 LRIP Lot 3 all-up rounds requirements. The U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the contracting activity (N00024-19-C-5418).
The ESSM program is an international cooperative effort to design, develop, test and procure ESSM missiles and provide enhanced ship defense. The ESSM Block 2 missile will feature a new guidance system with a dual mode active and semi-active radar.
The contract work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (50%); Richmond, Australia (6%); Raufoss, Norway (6%); Andover, Massachusetts (5%); Mississauga, Canada (4%); Ottobrunn, Germany (3%); Hengelo Ov, Netherlands (3%); Grand Rapids, Michigan (3%); San Jose, California (2%); Ottawa, Canada (2%); Aranjuez, Spain (2%); San Diego, California (2%); Koropi Attica, Greece (2%); Hopewell Junction, New York (1%); Ankara, Turkey (1%); Westlake Village, California (1%); Eight Mile Plains Brisbane, Australia (1%); Grenaa, Denmark (1%); Torrance, California (1%); Canton, New York (1%); Minneapolis, Minnesota (1%); and the remaining 2% comprised of Newmarket, Canada; Lystrup, Denmark; Milwaukie, Oregon; and Cincinnati, Ohio (less than 1% each).
Work is expected to be complete by March 2023.
RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM)
Raytheon 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.
Developed by the U.S. Navy and nine of the other 11-member nations of the NATO SEASPARROW Consortium, the ESSM missile is bringing transformational anti-ship missile defense capabilities to the U.S., NATO and other allies. Members of the Consortium include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United States.
The missile is designed to counter supersonic maneuvering anti-ship missiles. It has the ability to be “quad-packed” in the Mark 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS), allowing up to four missiles 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.
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 in 2018.