Share this story...
Latest News

Navy awards Raytheon contract to develop missiles in Tucson

An ESSM Block 2 intermediate-range, surface-to-air missile takes flight during a U.S. Navy test. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

PHOENIX – The Raytheon Company has been awarded a $190 million low-rate production contract by the U.S. Navy, stated the corporation on Monday in a press release out of Tucson.

The ESSM Block 2 missiles will now feature a new guidance system with a dual mode active and semi radar.

Raytheon was given the new lucrative contract due to the Navy’s decision to shift from development to production on the improved intermediate-range, surface-to-air missile.

The Block 2 variant of the projectile is slated for initial operating capability in 2020.

The ESSM missile is the primary self-defense ammunition aboard Navy aircraft carriers and large deck assault ships.

“ESSM plays a critical role in protecting navy sailors worldwide and our international partners share our commitment to evolve this missile,” said Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Strategic and Naval Systems vice president.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Show Podcasts and Interviews

Reporter Stories