The US Navy has awarded a $64.4 million worth contract to Raytheon Missile Systems for design agent and engineering support services for the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) upgraded MK-31 Guided Missile Weapon System improvement program.
Per the terms of the agreement, Raytheon will “maintain current weapon system capability as well as resolve issues through design, systems, software maintenance, reliability, maintainability, quality assurance and logistics engineering services,” the Department of Defense announced Thursday.
The MK-31 RAM Guided Missile Weapon System is a cooperative development and production program conducted jointly by the U. S. and the Federal Republic of Germany, under the memoranda of understanding.
According to the release, this contract combines purchases for the US Navy and the Federal Republic of Germany under a Memoranda of Understanding and the Arab Republic of Egypt under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program.
This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $301,743,310. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed September 2020. If all options are exercised, work will continue through July 2023.
The MK-31 RAM Guided Missile Weapon System is the modern self-defense weapon system, deployed from ships, to destroy anti-ship missiles. It has been specifically designed to provide protection to ships of all sizes.