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Raytheon gets $23M Evolved Sea Sparrow contract

Contract covers support services for international development program.
By Geoff Ziezulewicz   |   July 1, 2016 at 1:37 PM

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Raytheon has been awarded a $23 million cost-plus-fixed fee U.S. Navy contract for a variety of support duties on the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, or ESSM, program.

Work will include in-service support, technical engineering support services and Block 2 risk reduction support.

The ESSM program is an international cooperative to design, develop, test and procure ESSM missiles.

The missiles provide enhanced ship defense.

The award is pursuant to an international agreement between the U.S. and nine other countries.

The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $197 million.

This deal utilizes funding from the Navy, Germany, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, Denmark, Greece, Japan and Spain.

Work will be performed in Arizona, The Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Australia, West Virginia, Canada, Spain, Turkey and Greece.

It is expected to be completed by December.

The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

The ESSM is an international effort to upgrade the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile.

The system provides self-defense battlespace and firepower against high-speed, highly maneuverable anti-ship missiles in the naval environment, Raytheon said.

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First British F-35 completes transatlantic crossing

By Geoff Ziezulewicz   |   July 1, 2016 at 1:11 PM

LONDON, July 1 (UPI) -- The first of Britain's next-generation stealth fighters touched down in the U.K. for the first time, the Royal Air Force announced Thursday.

The F-35B Lightning II was flown by RAF pilot and Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols across the Atlantic Ocean, accompanied by two U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs, the RAF said in statement.

The jets took off from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.

The team of American and British air crews and engineers arrived in the U.K. to demonstrate the 5th-generation aircraft's capabilities at the upcoming Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough International Air Show.

The jets are slated to enter service in the RAF and Royal Navy starting in 2018, the RAF said.

"They are part of our plan for a stronger and better defence: more ships, more aircraft, more troops available at readiness, better equipment for special forces, more being spent on cyber," Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said.

The Joint Strike Fighters will fly out of land bases and aircraft carriers, Air Commodore Harv Smith, the Lightning Force Commander, said.

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