$45.2M for More RAM Defensive Missiles
Raytheon Co., Tucson, AZ received a $45.2M firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-5456) for production of more RAM missiles and associated equipment. The RIM-116 RAM is a joint venture between the U.S. and German governments, designed as an all-weather, high-firepower, low-cost, self-defense system against anti-ship cruise missiles and other asymmetric threats. It is currently installed, or planned for installation, on 78 U.S. Navy and 30 German Navy ships.
This specific modification covers:
- 70 Launching Canisters
- 65 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 1/HAS MK-44 Mod 3 All Up Round Tactical Guided Missile Round Packs (GMRPs)
- 25 RAM Block 1/HAS MK-47 Mod 7 All Up Round Telemeter GMRP; and
- Replenishment spares in support of the RAM Program for the United States Government.
The MK 44 Guided Missile Round Packs and ORDALT kits procured by this contract modification are designed to provide current RAM Block 1 missile configuration, which features an image scanning infrared seeker that allows the missile to more easily counter helicopters and advanced anti-ship threats that do not employ active radar guidance. The second new option is called IRDM (IR Dual Mode Enable). In that mode, the RAM is launched with IR guidance enabled, but can switch to passive radar homing when the target’s radiation becomes adequate to guide on.
The RAM Block I system is installed or planned for installation on many U.S. Navy surface ships, including CV/CVN aircraft carriers, DD-963 Spruance Class destroyers, Oliver Hazard Perry Class FFG guided missile frigates, LCS Littoral Combat Ships, the LHA Tarawa Class and LHD Wasp Class amphibious assault ships, the future LHA-R amphibious assault ships, and LSD and LPD-17 amphibious operations support ships. The US Navy expects to procure approximately 2,000 Block 1 missiles.
Work on this specific contract will be performed in Tucson, AZ (50%) and Ottobrunn, Germany (50%), and is expected to be completed by February 2008. The Naval Sea System Command in Washington, DC issued the contract modification.