Raytheon has been awarded a $14 million Air Force contract for research and development intended to improve the military’s state-of-the-art air-launched, tactical missiles.
Under the agreement, which was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Defense, Raytheon will attempt to improve upon the number of missiles that can be held on a single excursion. The company will also work to improve both the impact of each missile, and the platform survivability against any threat that would arise in an anti-access, area denial (A2AD) environment.
Two research concepts will help to achieve the improvements: the Small Advanced Capability Missile (SACM) and Miniature Self-Defense Munition (MSDM).
“The SACM will support affordable, highly lethal, small size and weight ordnance with advanced air frame design and synergistic control capabilities for air dominance enabling high air-to-air load-out,” the DoD said. “The MSDM will support miniaturized weapon capabilities for air superiority by enabling close-in platform self-defense and penetration into contested A2AD environment with little to no impact to payload capacity.”
Raytheon was one of four companies to submit a bid for the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity cost contract. The labor will be conducted in Tucson, Ariz., and should be finished by Jan. 19, 2021.
The DoD also announced that Engineering Research and Consulting has been given an $89.2 million contract to provide services for the Climatic, Dynamic, and Propulsion Test Divisions of the United States Army’s Redstone Test Center.
The deal tasks the Alabama-based small business with providing test and evaluation support services. Both the funding and location of the labor will be decided with each order under the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The work should be finished on Oct. 13, 2018.
Finally, New Jersey-based small business Brighton Cromwell has been given a $17.2 million Defense Logistics Agency contract for medium and light tactical vehicle parts. Brighton Cromwell was the only company to submit a bid for the firm-fixed-price with annual firm-fixed-price adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract. The three-year contract includes two one-year options. The work will be conducted in New Jersey, and should be finished on Jan. 19, 2019.
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