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Raytheon teams with Norwegian firm on new missile

Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems will team up with a Norwegian firm to compete for a next-generation anti-ship missile, the company announced Tuesday at the Farnborough International Airshow near London.

Raytheon and Kongsberg Gruppen have formed a teaming agreement to develop a new anti-ship missile system for what is known as the Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare mission, the companies said.

As a centerpiece of the agreement, the companies will develop Kongsberg’s Joint Strike Missile for air-launched anti-surface warfare applications.

“Raytheon’s global development capability allows us to identify and offer the advanced and affordable solutions our customers require for the complex missions of the future,” Raytheon Missile Systems President Taylor Lawrence said in prepared remarks.

The Joint Strike Missile is already funded for development for the Royal Norwegian Air Force, even as the U.S. Navy is considering a next-generation anti-ship missile.

Raytheon and Kongsberg have already collaborated successfully on ground-based air-defense systems. The two companies co-produce the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, a medium-range interceptor system used by Norway and five other nations, including the U.S. to defend the Capitol area.

The next-generation anti-ship missile would replace the 1970s-era Harpoon missile, which has variants that can be launched by aircraft, ships or submarines and is in the arsenal of about 30 nations.

Lockheed Martin already is developing an initial replacement for the Harpoon, called the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, based on its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile. The Navy plans to conduct an open competition for a long-term replacement for the Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare mission by 2017.

In other Raytheon announcements at Farnborough:

The company said its Standard Missile-6 ship-defense missile hit its marks recently in a test that included the longest-range cruise missile target to date.

Missiles launched by the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones destroyed three targets in a series of flight tests designed to test the missile against subsonic, low-altitude targets in long-range scenarios.

The SM-6 was deployed for the first time in 2013, and Raytheon has delivered more than 100 missiles.

Raytheon said it successfully completed the latest guided flight test of its SeaGriffin missile, demonstrating the small missile’s semi-active laser guidance system and a newly added imaging infrared seeker.

Raytheon is funding its own series of SeaGriffin tests to demonstrate the missile’s readiness as the main surface-warfare weapon for the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ships.

Raytheon was awarded an $80.8 million Air Force contract for production of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer missile and related services and software. The work is to be performed in Tucson by June 2016.

Raytheon said the Navy and Air Force are ramping up efforts to fit Raytheon’s Small Diameter Bomb II — a small, precision-guided glide bomb — on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F/A-18E/F Hornet, and F-16 Fighting Falcon jets.

Preliminary fit checks and tests have been completed on the F-35, supporting the Joint Strike Fighter’s ability to carry eight SDB IIs internally, Raytheon said.

Contact Assistant Business Editor David Wichner at dwichner@tucson.com or 573-4181.

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