Raytheon has been awarded a $212.6 million contract for low rate initial production of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) and $11.2 million for contract modification for additional development work on the Tactical Control System (TCS).
Raytheon’s $212.6 million contract for low rate initial production of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) includes 255 all-up-round missiles.
ESSM is designed to protect Navy ships by destroying currently fielded and near-term projected anti-ship missiles, particularly those that fly at low altitudes and manoeuvre during their terminal flight phase.
It includes a more powerful rocket motor and ‘tail control’ technology with an improved SeaSparrow guidance section to provide a dramatically improved overall missile performance.
Raytheon’s $11.2 million contract for more TCS development work will require the company incorporate additional functionality related to Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout vertical takeoff-or-landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) into the Block 2 TCS.
TCS is currently being developed as a single software product for the ground control architecture of the US Department of Defence’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programs. The TCS program was formally established in September 1997.
Under the current development program, TCS is being designed to provide command and control for most army, navy, air force and Allied tactical and medium endurance UAVs and their sensor payloads from a single ground station.
TCS is also being designed to disseminate sensor and surveillance data to other US and Allied command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems.