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Boeing to restart production of Standoff Land Attack Missiles

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James LaPorta
Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Michael Martin, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Cecilia Duran, load an AGM-84K SLAM-ER missile on a P-8A Poseidon in preparation for a conventional weapons technical proficiency inspection. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Kofonow/U.S. Navy
Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Michael Martin, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Cecilia Duran, load an AGM-84K SLAM-ER missile on a P-8A Poseidon in preparation for a conventional weapons technical proficiency inspection. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Kofonow/U.S. Navy

April 11 (UPI) -- Boeing has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for standoff land attack missiles to support Saudi Arabia.

The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $64 million under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract.

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The agreement enables Boeing to "restart" the AGM-84 Standoff Land Attack Missile production line and expand the production process to the benefit of Saudi Arabia, said a Pentagon press release.

Additionally, the contract calls for a redesign of obsolete or nearly obsolete products in order to streamline new advances and future sustainment.

Work on the contract will occur in St. Charles, Mo., and other locations in the United States.

The Pentagon says the contract is expected to be complete in March 2019.

The total amount of the contract will be obligated to Boeing at time of award from foreign military sales funds, which will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

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