$29.3M to Recertify 150 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles

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Launch. Raytheon Missile Systems Co. in Tucson, AZ received a $29.3 million firm-fixed priced delivery order against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract. This order provides for the full recertification of 150 All-Up-Round (AUR) Tomahawk Missiles, Pre/Post Flight Operational Test Launch Support, Systems Engineering Integration Agent support and fixed support for Encanisterization/ Decanisterization of MK-14 AUR Missiles. Now, what’s an All-Up Round, aqnd how does this seemingly minor contract actually tie in to one of the DoD’s greatest acquisition success stories in recent years? DID explains. Fly. The Tomahawk AUR missile is delivered to ships and submarines as an all-up-round (AUR), which includes the missile that flies the mission, the booster that starts its flight, and the container (canister for ships and capsule for submarines) that protects it during transportation, storage and stowage, and acts as a launch tube. The program (PMA-280) is one of the USA’s acquisition success stories, and has expended considerable effort in the areas of certification and recertification. The Tomahawk All-Up-Round program has “cradle-to-grave” responsibility for Tomahawk, including the logistics management of in-service missiles. Incidents like the attacks on the USS Cole and USS Stark brought issues such as serviceability certification after major physical shock to […]

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