Evolved SeaSparrow missile production to begin with RaytheonNews
August 26, 2019
TUCSON, Ariz. The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $190 million low-rate initial production contract for ESSM Block 2 missiles featuring a new guidance system with a dual mode active and semi-active radar.
This award follows the Navy's decision to shift from development to production on the enhanced intermediate-range, surface-to-air missile. The ESSM missile is the primary ship self-defense missile aboard Navy aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious assault ships.
The ESSM program is a cooperative effort managed by a NATO-led consortium comprising 12 nations: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.