US orders more engineering and technical services for SeaSparrow


ESSM launched in April 2021 from the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford. (Photo: USN / Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Melvin)

Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Raytheon a $ 55.12 million contract amendment for engineering and technical services in support of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) and NATO Seasparrow Missile programs, the DoD revealed on December 30.

This contract combines purchases for the United States (99%) plus Japan and the United Arab Emirates (1%) under the FMS program.

Work will be completed by December 2022 in Tucson, Arizona (82%); Portsmouth, Rhode Island (17%); Andover, Massachusetts (less than 1%); San José, California (less than 1%); Aranjuez, Spain (less than 1%); Brisbane, Australia (less than 1%); and Koropi Attica, Greece (less than 1%).

ESSM Block 2 uses an active and semi-active guidance system to deal with current and anticipated future threats.

The NATO SeaSparrow project is an international consortium of 12 countries comprising Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and United States.

Member countries are partners in the engineering, development, production and maintenance of missiles and associated equipment.


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