The Raytheon company has released that the Aegis weapon system Baseline 7 phase
1, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) and the Standard Missile-2 passed
successfully testing against both supersonic and subsonic anti-ship missiles the
week of March 7. The tests were conducted from a US Navy's Aegis-equipped
destroyer, the USS Momsen (DDG 92).
The Standard Missile-2 variants; Block III, Block IIIA and Block IIIB; were
fired against subsonic and supersonic targets in various configurations and in a
littoral environment. Moreover, the tests also include a dual engagement against
two targets achieving two near simultaneous kills.
In connection with the Standard Missile-2, Raytheon was awarded a $266 million
production contract for Block IIIA, Block IIIB, Block IIIB upgrade kits and
associated equipment. This contract was awarded by the US Navy on March 23,
The SM-2 fiscal year 2005 production contract covers delivery of 75 Block IIIB
missiles, 79 Block IIIB upgrade kits for older variants of the Standard missile,
telemeters, spare parts and rockets motors. In addition, 64 Block III rounds, 99
Block IIIA rounds, telemeters and 161 shipping containers will be manufactured
under this contract for the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The items will
be delivered before December 2007. The FMS customers are Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan, Canada, and South Korea.
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