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Raytheon awarded RAM Block 2 contract

13th January 2016 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon has been awarded a contract by the US Navy for Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided missile round pack requirements, the company announced on 11 January. 

The $66.6 million firm-fixed-price contract includes options, which, if exercised, might bring the total value to $142.8 million. It also includes options for foreign military sales to an international customer.

RAM is a cooperative programme between the German and the US governments. It is supported by RAMSYS in Germany and Raytheon. Under the contract, the production will be shared between both companies, and will be completed by February 2018. 

RAM is a supersonic, quick reaction, fire-and-forget missile providing defence against anti-ship cruise missiles, helicopter and airborne threats, and hostile surface craft. The missile's autonomous dual-mode, passive radio frequency and infrared guidance design provide a high-firepower capability for engaging multiple threats simultaneously. 

Rick Nelson, vice president, Raytheon's Naval Area and Mission Defense product line, said: ‘RAM Block 2 adds important enhancements to counter a bigger set of targets and give our warfighters an unfair advantage. Our partnership with RAMSYS is a great example of Raytheon's commitment to working with countries and companies around the globe.’

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