US Navy awards Raytheon aircraft bomb rack contract

The US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon a $32.4m (£20.3m) cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for engineering and manufacturing development of the BRU-69/A Multi-Purpose Bomb Rack system.

It will replace several bomb racks currently deployed on Navy aircraft, using pneumatic energy instead of an explosive charge to release weapons from the rack.

Advanced electronics built into the bomb rack will ensure the new system, designed and built at the Raytheon facility in Indianapolis, is compatible with current and future precision-guided weapons, or ’smart bombs’.

Engineering and manufacturing development will be completed in 2014, with full scale production starting in 2017.