Raytheon receives $126 M SM-3 contract
- SM-3s protect US and allies from ballistic missile attack
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract valued at $126,000,000. The SM-3 missile is designed to destroy incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space, a concept sometimes described as "hitting a bullet with a bullet."
This contract modification is to procure the material required to manufacture up to 29 SM-3 Block IB missiles. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016.
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The SM-3 does not contain an explosive warhead, but instead destroys the threats using sheer impact, equivalent to a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph.
- More than 150 SM-3s have been delivered to U.S. and Japanese navies.
- Raytheon is on track to deploy the next-generation SM-3 Block IB guided missile in 2015.
- SM-3 Block IB will be deployed in both afloat and ashore weapons systems.
Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)