$16.4 million puts sting into missile deal

Raytheon has announced the receipt of a contract worth more than $16.4 million to manufacture of 139 Stinger missiles for the US Army Aviation and Missile Command.

Raytheon has announced the receipt of a contract worth more than $16.4 million to manufacture Stinger Block 1 missiles for the US Army Aviation and Missile Command.

The fixed price contract, which calls for the manufacture of 139Stinger Block I missiles, will provide for continued Stinger production over a24-month period with deliveries starting in January 2005 and ending in April2005.

Stinger Block I is the latest version of the Stinger missile family, fielded with the US Army and the US Marine Corps. Stinger Block I includes hardware and software modifications, which provide higher precision guidance against modern threats, including fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and cruise missiles.

Stinger Block 1 (FIM-92E), Stinger RMP (FIM-92D) variants, as well as ground,air-to-air, and naval Stinger weapon systems, are in production at Raytheon’sMissile Systems business unit in Tucson.

Stinger, which is operational in 19 allied nations, can be deployed in a man-portable role and on the US Army’s Avenger, Linebacker and Bradley Fighting Vehicles. Stingers are also deployed on Army OH-58 D and Special Operations Forces helicopters, US Navy special operation ships and USMC Avenger and Light Armoured Vehicle-Air Defence (LAV-AD) systems.

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