US Navy, Japan to receive additional SM-3 Block IIA missiles

04 November 2019

Raytheon Missile Systems has won a contract modification for the production and supply of 20 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) missiles for the US Navy, and of four similar missiles to Japan, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced in a 1 November statement.

With the move, the value of the contract, which was awarded by the US Missile Defense Agency, has been increased by USD267 million to USD1.46 billion, said the DoD, adding that work is estimated to be completed by December 2022.

The SM-3 Block IIA is being developed co-operatively by the United States and Japan to defeat short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

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