Raytheon Missile Systems is awarded a contract modification, worth around $190.5 million, for materials and spares in support of fiscal 2019 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 low-rate initial production requirements.
The fixed-price-incentive firm and firm-fixed-price modification was awarded by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
This contract will procure the remaining materials in support of the ESSM fiscal 2019 low-rate initial production Lots One through Three all-up rounds and spares requirements. The ESSM program is an international cooperative effort to design, develop, test and procure ESSM missiles which provides enhanced ship defense.
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 other locations below one percent (2%), and is expected to be completed by March 2023.
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.
The missile is designed to counter supersonic maneuvering anti-ship missiles. It also has the ability to be “quad-packed” in the Mark 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS), allowing up to four missile 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.