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Boeing to deliver Harpoon missile to Navy, multiple countries

By Tauren Dyson
Boeing to deliver Harpoon missile to Navy, multiple countries
The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) fires an AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in the Pacific Ocean on July 11, 2008. RIMPAC is a biannual exercise hosted by the U.S. Pacific Fleet that brings together military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea. (UPI Photo/U.S. Navy) | License Photo

Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Boeing received an award for $244 million from the U.S. Navy to procure long lead material for Harpoon full-rate production Lot 91 in support of multiple Foreign Military Sales customers

The firm-fixed-price contract was announced Tuesday by the Defense Department.

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To date, Boeing has delivered more than 7,000 Harpoons to armed forces in more than 30 countries, according to the Boeing website.

The missile performs both landstrike and anti-ship missions,

The Harpoon uses its integrated global positioning system/inertial navigation system, or GPS/INS, to deliver its 500-pound blast load to coastal defense sites, surface-to-air missile sites, exposed aircraft and port/industrial facilities and other intended targets.

Its Joint Direct Attack Munition, mission computer, GPS antenna and receiver from the standoff land attack missile also help guide the missile during both land strike and anti-ship missions.

Work will take place in Alabama, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and other locations through the United States, as well as the United Kingdom.

The Navy will obligate the full amount of the contract at the time of the award, which will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.

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Work on the contract is expected to be completed in March 2023.

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