Contract awards for Boeing to produce 650 SLAM-ER missiles for Saudi Arabia

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $1,971,754,089 firm-fixed-price contract to provide non-recurring engineering associated with the Stand-off Land Attack Missile – Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) obsolescence redesign effort as well as the production and delivery of 650 SLAM-ER missiles in support of the government of Saudi Arabia.
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Contract awards to Boeing to produce 650 SLAM ER missiles for Saudi Arabia 925 001 Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Michael Martin, left, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Cecilia Duran, both assigned to the Pro's Nest of Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, load an AGM-84K SLAM-ER missile on a P-8A Poseidon in preparation for a conventional weapons technical proficiency inspection. (Picture source U.S. Navy)

The SLAM-ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response) or AGM-84H/K is an advanced standoff precision-guided, air-launched cruise missile produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security. SLAM-ER addresses the Navy's requirements for a precision-guided Standoff Outside of Area Defense (SOAD) weapon. SLAM-ER provides an effective, long-range, precision strike option for both pre-planned and Target of Opportunity attack missions against land and maneuvering ship targets.

Most significant characteristics are: a highly accurate, GPS-aided guidance system; an imaging infrared seeker and two-way data link with the AWW-13 Advanced Data Link pod for Man-In-The-Loop (MITL) control; improved missile aerodynamic performance characteristics that allow both long-range and flexible terminal attack profiles; an ordnance section with good penetrating power and lethality; and a user-friendly interface for both MITL control and mission planning.

SLAM-ER was the first weapon to feature Automatic Target Acquisition (ATA), a revolutionary technological breakthrough that helps improve target acquisition in cluttered scenes, overcomes most IR countermeasures, and mitigates the effects of environmentally degraded conditions.

The SLAM-ER is also the first weapon system with a moving target capability from standoff ranges. The SLAM-ER can be launched and controlled by F/A-18C/D, P-3s, and S-3 platforms. It can also be controlled by the F/A-18E/F. The SLAM-ER is extremely accurate and has the best Circular Area of Probable (CEP) in the U.S. Navy inventory. The SLAM-ER remains the U.S. Navy only precision SOAD weapon.