by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2016
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a max $600 million contract to provide Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rockets, the company said.
The deal involves a three-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with an initial award of more than $130 million, BAE said in a statement.
The contract will help speed the delivery of the rockets to meet the needs of the United States and allies.
BAE has invested in a new facility in New Hampshire to meet the growing demand, and expects to increase production to 20,000 guidance units per year.
The system transforms a standard unguided 2.75-inch munition into a precision-guided rocket, requiring no modification to the munition, launch platform or launcher system.
It has been used by the Marine Corps since 2012 and has been qualified or demonstrated on more than 14 rotary and fixed-wing platforms.
Lithuania signs missile agreement with Norway
The deal, signed last week by the ministries of defense for each country, covers the sale as well as future support Norway would render to Lithuania in developing midrange air defense capabilities, the Lithuanian ministry said in a statement.
This acquisition and others will combine into an air defense system that offers Lithuania aerial surveillance and control, early warning for ground units and the ability to destroy targets if needed.
Two defense batteries will be acquired under the deal.
The midrange NASAMS equipment is scheduled to be delivered to Lithuania by 2020.
NASAMS was co-developed by Norwegian company Kongsberg and Raytheon.
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