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Raytheon Contracted for NATO’s ESSM Block 2 Missiles

Oct. 12, 2021
Raytheon will supply ESSM Block 2 missiles to the U.S. Navy, Canada, and nine other nations under NATO's Sea Sparrow Consortium.

Raytheon Co. in Tucson, AZ has been awarded a $358 million, firm-fixed-price contract for 2021-2023 production of Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missiles. The contract, which combines purchases by the U.S. Navy and the governments of Canada (see the figure, in which a block 1 ESSM missile is prepared for aircraft retrofit at the Missile Maintenance Facility in Bedford, Canada), Australia, Greece, Germany, Norway, Turkey, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark under NATO’s Sea Sparrow Consortium, could grow with options.

NATO’s Sea Sparrow Consortium, which started in 1968, provides member navies with self-defense capabilities against the latest threats. An ESSM Block 2 missile completed a successful flight test in July at Point Mugu, CA, intercepting a BQM-74E aerial target as reported by the U.S. Navy. Compared to ESSM Block 1 missiles, Block 2 systems are more sophisticated, with both semi-active and active guidance systems to respond to a wider range of anticipated threats.

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Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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