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Raytheon to provide Griffin missiles to U.S. Air Force

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James LaPorta
The Griffin C missile shows off its dual-mode guidance system during a May 2014 launch. Photo courtesy of Raytheon
The Griffin C missile shows off its dual-mode guidance system during a May 2014 launch. Photo courtesy of Raytheon

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Raytheon has been awarded a $105.2 million contract to provide AGM-176 Griffin missiles to the U.S. Air Force.

The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, comes under the terms of a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite quantity contract that is a modification to a previous contract award.

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The Griffin missile is classified as a lightweight, precision-guided munition that can be launched from multiple platforms and is used by multiple services in different combat roles.

Currently, the Griffin is available in two different variants. The Griffin A is an aft-eject missile which can be fired from a common launch tube or from a C-130 aircraft.

The Griffin B is a forward-firing missile that can be fired from a composite launch tube. It's also used in both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, in addition to ground platforms and Navy Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal ships, according to Raytheon.

Raytheon is currently developing a Griffin C missile with dual-mode guidance and Griffin C-ER that aims to extend the range of the missile.

The contract modification brings the total cumulative value of the contract to more than $210 million, and provides an option for the delivery of Griffin missile variants, along with test and engineering support, if exercised.

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Work on the contract will occur in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be complete by December 2020.

More than $11.2 million has been obligated to Raytheon at the time of award from fiscal 2016 and 2018 procurement funds.

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