Saturday, September 19, 2020

U.S. Navy orders 79 Harpoon Block II Plus tactical missile upgrade kits

In a statement made Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Defense has reported that Boeing awarded $15 million for 79 Harpoon Block II Plus tactical missile upgrade kits.

Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon weapon designed to execute anti-ship missions against a range of surface targets. It can be launched from surface ships, submarines and aircraft and is currently used on 50 U.S. Navy ships: 22 cruisers, 21 Flight I destroyers, seven Flight II destroyers, and select littoral combat ships.

According to a statement, Boeing was awarded $15,9 million for modification P00001 to delivery order previously placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0001.  This modification exercises an option for the procurement of 79 Harpoon Block II Plus Tactical Missile upgrade kits for the U.S. Navy. 

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The U.S. Department of Defense also noted that work is expected to be completed in March 2022. 

The original missile was designed as an open-ocean weapon and Block II adds a littoral (coastal) anti-ship capability. It adds the inertial measurement unit from the Joint Direct Attack Munition, and the software, computer, GPS/inertial navigation system from the SLAM Expanded Response (SLAM-ER).

Block II Plus includes an improved GPS guidance system and a datalink to enable in-flight targeting updates.

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