Raytheon to build more than 500 hard-target-penetrating missiles in $180.4 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 27 July 2015. Precision-guided munitions experts at Raytheon Co. will provide the U.S. and Saudi Arabian military forces with more than 500 hard-target-penetrating and data-linked medium-range target-penetrating missiles under terms of a $180.4 million contract announced Friday.

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PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 27 July 2015.Precision-guided munitions experts at Raytheon Co. will provide the U.S. and Saudi Arabian military forces with more than 500 hard-target-penetrating and data-linked medium-range precision-guided target-penetrating missiles under terms of a $180.4 million contract announced Friday.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking the Raytheon Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., to produce 555 full-rate-production lot 11 AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) systems.

The order includes 200 AGM-154C-1 unitary-variant JSOW missiles for the U.S. Navy and 355 AGM-154 Block III C unitary-variant JSOW missiles for the government of Saudi Arabia.

The AGM-154 JSOW is medium range precision-guided weapon for attacking defended targets from outside the range of standard anti-aircraft defenses. Pilots typically fire JSOW from ranges of 22 to 70 nautical miles.

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The weapon can be launched from F/A-18, F-16, F-15, F-35, and Jas Gripen jet fighter-bombers; as well as from B-1B, B-2A, and B-52H long-range jet bombers. The AGM-154C JSOW unitary variant uses an imaging infrared seeker with autonomous guidance.

The two-stage AGM-154C carries the BROACH warhead made up from a WDU-44 shaped augmenting warhead and a WDU-45 follow through bomb, and is designed to attack hardened targets like armor, concrete, and earth to enable a large following warhead to explode inside the target. The JSOW 13 feet long and weighs about 1,000 pounds.

On this contract Raytheon will do the work in Tucson, Ariz.; Dallas; and McAlester, Okla., and should be finished by April 2018. For more information contact Raytheon Missile Systems online at www.raytheon.com, or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil.

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