Next-Generation Solutions for Production Lots 4 and 5
Lockheed Martin has issued a $117 million (€99 million) contract to BAE Systems to produce next-generation missile seekers for the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM).
The seeker technology enables LRASM to detect and engage specific maritime targets in contested environments, with less dependence on traditional navigation systems, thereby reducing overall missile costs.
“We’re committed to providing affordable systems that deliver unmatched capabilities to the US and its allies […] We’ve designed efficient seeker systems that are easier to build and test without compromising on performance,” commented Bruce Konigsberg, Product Area Director, RF Sensors at BAE Systems.
Following design improvements conducted under a Diminishing Sources/Affordability contract, BAE Systems is producing next-generation seekers for Lots 4 and 5 that are more capable and easier to produce, with less-complicated manufacturing processes. The next-generation seekers have replaced obsolescent and limited-availability parts, dramatically reducing costs. The contract will support missiles for the US services, for US allies through Foreign Military Sales, and for RDT&E services.