Raytheon has been awarded $19m contract for the procurement of nine mid-body range safety subsystem (MRSS) kits and flight test (FT) kits for the US Navy and three MRSS and FT kits for the United Kingdom.

These systems are used in the tracking of the missile system air vehicles as required for guidance and control or range safety. The systems used in safety, destruct, test, or training activities.

According to a contract notification:

“Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (40 percent); San Diego, California (13.70 percent); Boulder, Colorado (13.70 percent); Bristol, Pennsylvania (9.40 percent); Hanahan, South Carolina (6.90 percent); Joplin, Missouri (6 percent); Middletown, Connecticut (3.80 percent); Lancaster, Pennsylvania (3 percent); Tampa, Florida (1.40 percent); Ontario, California (1 percent); Anniston, Alabama (.9 percent); Lowell, Massachusetts (.18 percent); and Valencia, California (.02 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2020. 

Fiscal 2017 weapons procurement (Navy) and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $19,262,005 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This effort combines purchases for the Navy ($15,669,397; 81.35 percent); and the government of the United Kingdom ($3,592,608; 18.65 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.”

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Just food for though here.

Do people think it would be wise, since Tomahawk is now an older, less stealthy weapon, to start investing in equipping subs and surface warships with the cruise missile variant of the Storm Shadow like the French are doing in order to give the Navy the up to date weaponry that it needs as well as increased commonality?

Henry William Leggett

I’ve always believed this to be a better option. the MdCN missile is built by MBDA and in this case could be easily feasible for the missile to be built in the UK. If not MBDA is still 1/3rd owned by BAE systems so at least some of the money is coming back our way. Though its ability is not as great as the TLAM, the project is still very young unlike the old TLAM program and could and most likely will mature to become a very credible system with increased range and ability.

Sceptical Richard

Yes, but it has a shorter range and I don’t think, although newer, it is any better at doing the job than TLAM.

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Andy G

Cant find much on that “journalist”, perhaps he works for Raytheon?


I had just read that as well.

Daniele Mandelli

Maybe UK should order another batch too, while we can.