BAE Systems to produce Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile components
EDINBURGH, Australia, Feb., 7, 2012. BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a $31 million contract by Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson Arizona for the continued production of Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) components.
BAE Systems Australia’s Weapons Systems business in Melbourne is an Australian ESSM sub-contractor to Raytheon Missile Systems. BAE Systems Australia, ADI Limited, Hawker De Havilland and other members of the Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN), have designed, developed and manufactured many of the flight control and guidance elements of the missile.
Preliminary work has begun on the development of a Block II upgrade embodying a new dual-mode seeker and enabled for a planned follow-on kinematic upgrade. As prime contractor Raytheon Missile Systems anticipates ESSM Block II will be required for initial operating capability by 2020.