The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a US$66.4 million contract modification for the Standard Missile-3 Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense program.
As per the modification, the company will provide engineering work, support services and analysis of the SM-3 Block IIA missile and BMD 5.1 flight testing and certification.
With the modification, the total contract cost has risen to US$2.07 billion.
The work will be conducted in Tucson, Arizona, and will be completed by September 30 next year.
The SM-3 Block IIA ballistic defense missile is a land-based transfer of the Aegis BMD naval system that is currently deployed by the U.S. and Japan.
It intercepts short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles and has anti-satellite capability.
The SM-3 series can be based both on land or sea.