USN exercises contract option for Over-the-Horizon Weapon System
Naval Sea Systems Command is exercising a contract option for Raytheon Missiles & Defense to manufacture and deliver the Over-the-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS).
The latest $99.53 million contract modification, to be completed by May 2024, includes ‘encanistered missiles loaded into launching mechanisms and a single fire-control suite’, the DoD announced on 17 May.
OTH-WS was announced in May 2018 with a total value of $847.61 million.
It is a long-range, surface-to-surface missile system intended to engage ships ‘both inside and beyond the radar horizon’, according to USN documents in the public domain.
The standalone OTH-WS requires minimal integration into host platforms. It comprises an operator interface console, the Naval Strike Missile and a launching system.
OTH-WS receives targeting data via tactical communications from combatant platforms or airborne sensors and requires no guidance after launch.
This article was amended on 26 May after the DoD revised the contract option value
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