Missile Defense Agency Awards Raytheon $312 Million for New SM-3 Block IB

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon Company a $312 million manufacturing contract for the Standard Missile-3 Block IB program. The contract provides the funding necessary to complete the development phase of the SM-3 Block IB program and deliver the rounds to the MDA.

« We expect to deliver the first flight test rounds to the MDA this summer, » said Frank Wyatt, vice president of Raytheon’s Air and Missile Defense Systems product line. « The SM-3 Block IB will provide an increased engagement capability against a wider variety of ballistic missile threats, giving the warfighter increased flexibility to protect U.S. and allied forces. »

Raytheon’s next-generation SM-3 Block IB maintains the reliability of the Block IA variant while incorporating an advanced two-color infrared seeker, an advanced signal processor, and a new throttleable divert and attitude control system. SM-3 Block IB will be deployed in both sea-based and land-based modes as part of phase two of the current administration’s Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense.

Raytheon is developing SM-3 as part of the MDA’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, and more than 130 SM-3s have been delivered to date. The missiles are deployed with both U.S. and Japanese navies to defend against short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats in the ascent and midcourse phases of flight.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

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