Contract for 52 SM3 Missiles Signed

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  1. Pathfinder

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    MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

    Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $2,351,177,872 sole-source fixed-price-incentive, firm-fixed-price, and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification inclusive of all options. Under this contract, the contractor will procure the material, fabricate, test, and deliver 52 SM-3 Block IB missiles; provide related All-Up-Round support, and execute recertification efforts. This modification definitizes the previously awarded undefinitized contract action (effective April 30, 2015; valued at $540,938,144) for a quantity of 44 Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB missiles, and procures an additional eight missiles for a total quantity of 52 SM-3 Block IB missiles, and related support for fiscal 2015; with three one-year options (fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2018) with a quantity of up to 52 per option year and related support. Additionally, this modification includes support for recertification efforts for the base year and three one-year options. This modification increases the total contract value from $604,020,878 to $636,481,749. The work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona; and Huntsville, Alabama, with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2021. Fiscal 2015 defense-wide procurement funding in the amount of $173,344,432; and fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funding in the amount of $1,339,475, is being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HQ0276-15-C-0005).

    http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/637451
     
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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    Are these missiles for Aegis Ashore? Or are they adding to fleet stocks?

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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    For the purpose of testing Aegis Ashore, the missile had to be launched from a land-based launcher - even though the European missile defense shield will feature both land and sea based missiles - Aegis Ashore is strictly a land-based component.

    FTO-02 E1a used a land-based SM-3 block IB to intercept a ballistic missile target.


    The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, in conjunction with U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. European Command, and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, successfully conducted the first intercept flight test of a land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system and Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB Threat Upgrade guided missile, launched from the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai, Hawaii.

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    Block IB is an all-around upgrade over the previous SM-3 block IA and I, it features a dual-color seeker instead of the single color on the block 1A and a new processor... but unlike its IA counterpart, it's both land and sea-based, as will be the Blocks IIA and IIB:

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    The Block IB has been successfully fired from both sea and land-based launchers:

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    A Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptor launches from the USS Lake Erie during a Missile Defense Agency test designed to hit a complex short-range ballistic missile target. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)

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    Last year’s Standard Missile-3 Block IB test from a land-based launcher moves the interceptor one step closer to a 2015 deployment in Romania. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)

    Block IIA will provide a massive range increase for both land and fleet missile defense. This missile is still in testing:

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    Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IIA completed its first flight test on June 6, 2015, at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Saint Nicolas Island Facility, California. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)
     
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    I forgot what I was gonna say.

    Oh, missile works on both land and sea duh, launch platform is different.
     
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