Raytheon set to provide missile launchers

The US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon an $18.9m (£12.3m) firm-fixed-price contract to produce LAU-115D/A and LAU-116B/A missile launchers.

The launchers are used on US Navy F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft, and provide the structural and electrical interfaces that allow the aircraft to carry and launch missiles such as the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile and AIM-9X Sidewinder.

They will be built at the Raytheon facility in Indianapolis, US, with work expected to be completed in September 2012.