NickC wrote:The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command announced $149.4 million contract award Friday to the Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of their SM-2 Block IIIC missile for surface warships, based on the RIM-66 Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) with active radar seeker as used on the Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM. Understand the driver is the planned use on the new FFG(X).
June 2017 Paris, Raytheon announced restart of the SM-2 production line, for SM-2 Block IIIA and IIIB missiles for the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan and Australia, $650M for 280 missiles, $2.32M ea. In July 2018 State Department authorised sale of 46 SM-2 Block IIIA to Denmark plus 4 test missiles with their MK 13 MOD 0 VLS canisters for $152M/$3.04M ea. The SM-2 Block IIIA and IIIB missiles use the older tech semi-active radar seeker head.
The active radar seeker head comes from AIM-120 AMRAAM, as used on the SM-6 ERAM, to be incorporated into the SM-2 to create the SM-2 Block IIIC
The relatively short range over which the active seeker head is used, its active for only <4–6 seconds prior to impact to minimise the target a/c warning time to activate its ECM and facilitates the burn through.
What can be informative is that US military contracts have to specify where spend occurs (not supplied by UK Government as it would cause too much political backlash due the high foreign spend), with the Raytheon $149.4M contract for the EMD phase what find intriguing is 6% / $9M to be spent in Wolverhampton, anyone know which company? Would not be surprised if that is a higher UK content than in the French/Italian Aster 15 & 30 missiles.