Naval Weapons

Raytheon, US Navy, test first SM-2 missile from restarted production line

02 March 2020

Raytheon Missile Systems and the US Navy (USN) have successfully flight tested the first Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) all-up-round (AUR) to come off the re-started SM-2 production line for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

The USN ceased acquiring new-production SM-2 rounds after its fiscal year (FY) 2011 buy, with last production rounds delivered in 2013. However, recognising the needs of international navies, the navy kept open the option to re-start SM-2 production for FMS customers provided demand could be aggregated to achieve economic production quantities.

After coalescing requirements and funding from four navies, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in June 2017 awarded Raytheon a fixed-price-incentive firm, firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract worth up to USD652.7 million for procurement of FY 2017 SM-2 full-rate production requirements and spares for US and allied foreign navies.

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