Raytheon wins $270 million contract for Evolved Seasparrow Missile Block 2

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on December 14, 2021, Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $269,034,300 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N0002421C5408 in support of the fiscal 2021-2023 Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 full-rate production requirements.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 HMAS Ballarat conducts an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile firing during sea qualification trials (Picture source: Australian DoD)

Work is expected to complete March 2025. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

The ESSM® guided missile is an international cooperative upgrade of the RIM-7 Seasparrow Missile. It provides self-defense battlespace and firepower against high-speed, highly maneuverable anti-ship missiles in the naval environment.

Developed by the U.S. Navy and nine of the other 11-member nations of the NATO SEASPARROW Consortium, the ESSM missile is bringing transformational anti-ship missile defense capabilities to the U.S., NATO, and other allies.

Members of the Consortium include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.