Raytheon to produce missiles for US Navy

The US Navy has awarded defence service provider Raytheon contracts totalling $368m (£243m), with potential modifications for low-rate initial production, to manufacture Standard Missile-6 systems over a three-year period.

The contracts include the production of missiles, spare parts and system- and design-engineering efforts.

Raytheon will deliver the first missiles in early 2011.

SM-6 is being developed to meet the US Navy’s requirement for an extended-range anti-air warfare missile and will provide a defensive capability against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and anti-ship cruise missiles.