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Atlantic Diving Supply receives $17.6 million contract for rocket launchers
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017


Raytheon receives $38.6M contract for AIM-120D AMRAAM missile upgrades
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017 - Raytheon Missile System has received a $38.6 million contract for the System Improvement Program 3- Engineering Manufacturing and Development upgrades for the AIM-120D AMRAAM air-to-air missile.

The contract, announced by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, provides for software development to improve the AIM-120 D's performance against more advanced enemy threats. The project will be completed in Tuscon, Ariz., and is expected to run through Jan. 5, 2021.

The AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile is the standard radar-guided missile used by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and many allied nations. It is a "fire-and-forget" weapon that uses an active radar seeker head to track and destroy aircraft. It replaces the older AIM-7 Sparrow missile in most modern inventories.

The Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile version for ground use has been adopted by several countries including the United States. It is a networked system with extended range that is used to defend high-value targets, including Washington D.C.

Atlantic Diving Supply Inc. has received a $17.6 million order against an existing contract for the U.S. Defense Department's purchase of 425 shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapons Mod 2 rocket launchers.

The work will be performed in Londonderry, N.H., and Lynchburg, Va., and it will run through Sept. 7, 2018.

The rocket launcher is a man-portable device, designed primarily as an assault weapon or "bunker buster" suitable for attacking hardened targets and buildings. It serves a secondary role as an anti-tank weapon using the dual-purpose High Explosive Anti-Tank warhead.

A thermobaric warhead for the rocket launchers has been used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The warhead, capable of collapsing buildings, ignites the air around it to greatly increasing its destructive power.

The SMAW Mod 2 rocket launcher is an improved version designed to be used in enclosed spaces, unlike the original version whose backblast endangered users unless they were in the open. It can be fitted with a Modular Ballistic Sight with a laser rangefinder and thermal imaging.

MISSILE NEWS
Raytheon receives $614.5M for SM-3 Block IIA ballistic missile interceptors
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Raytheon Missile Systems is being awarded a $614.5 million modification to an existing contract for the production of Standard Missile 3 Block IIA surface-to-air missiles, the Department of Defense announced on Monday. The modification will also provide engineering support and missile containers. The production run will take place in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be finished by Marc ... read more

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