Raytheon receives $80.8 million contract

Raytheon has been awarded an $80.8 million contract by the US Naval Air Systems Command to produce 337 Joint Standoff Weapons for the US Navy and Air Force.

Raytheon has been awarded an $80.8 million contract by the US Naval Air Systems Command for production of the Joint Standoff Weapon (AGM-154-A) for the US Navy and Air Force.

Raytheon will produce 313 JSOW-As for the Navy and 24 for the Air Force. Work will be performed at Raytheon’s Missile Systems business in Tucson, Arizona and will be completed by February 2005.

JSOW is a joint Navy and Air Force program incorporating a family of low-cost, air-to-ground weapons that employ an integrated Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation system that guides the weapon to the target.

The JSOW family is said to use a common and modular weapon body capable of carrying various payloads. The AGM-154A (also called JSOW-A) variant dispenses BLU-97 combined-effect bomblets for use against soft and area targets. It is produced for use on the F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16, F-15, B-1, B-2 and B-52 aircraft.