18 Sep 2017

Raytheon picks Ducommun to build Naval Strike Missile fire control systems

Raytheon has chosen Ducommun to build fire control systems for the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), an advanced weapon for the US Navy’s over-the-horizon requirement for its littoral combat ships and future frigates.

The Naval Strike Missile is a long-range, precision anti-ship and land-attack missile that provides superior strike capability against heavily defended land and sea targets. The weapon originated in Norway, and Raytheon and Kongsberg Gruppen are teaming to produce it in the United States and make the technology available to the Navy.

The partnership will support manufacturing jobs at Ducommun’s Berryville and Huntsville, Arkansas, operations.

Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems Vice President, said: “As one of America’s best technology manufacturers, Ducommun brings the right expertise to the NSM programme.

“Producing NSM in the United States is a win all the way around for American jobs, our men and women in uniform, and it’s a great value for the Navy.”

Stephen G. Oswald, Ducommun President and Chief Executive Officer commented: “Ducommun’s longstanding partnership with Raytheon is built on trust and a demand for excellence so that our sailors have the most sophisticated, mission critical tools at their command.”

Work on the fire control systems is expected to begin in late 2017 at both the Berryville and Huntsville locations.

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