LOUISVILLE, Ky., 20 April 2006. Raytheon Company has been awarded a $57 million contract to produce 16 Phalanx Block 1B upgrade kits for the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. The contract was signed between Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited (DRDL), the U.K. Ministry of Defence's prime contractor for Phalanx, and Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL), the U.K subsidiary of Raytheon Company.
"Block 1B, with its surface mode and enhanced sensors, will provide the Royal Navy with unequalled capabilities in near-shore, littoral environments," says Jim Wolf, director of Phalanx Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz. "The decision by the U.K. to invest in the latest Phalanx upgrade will enhance the ship self-defense capabilities of the Royal Navy and does much to promote Phalanx in the international community."
All 16 kits will be produced at Raytheon Missile System's Louisville, Ky., facility and installed at the DRDL. The first kit will be delivered in September 2007 with the remaining kits following during a six-year period.