Raytheon Awarded $111 Million Sustainment Contract For NASAM

Raytheon Australia has been awarded an $84.5m (A$111m) sustainment contract by the Australian Department of Defence for the national advanced surface to air missile system (NASAMS).

The system has been jointly developed by Raytheon and Kongsberg and entered service with the Australian Army in 2023.

The latest contract will provide the initial five years of sustainment, with an option to extend the contract to the full 20 years.

It will support the new short-range ground-based air defence (GAD) capability under the Land 19 Phase 7B programme.

Australian Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the new contract was part of the Australian Government’s ten-year $270bn boost to the defence industry.

Meanwhile, Raytheon announced the official opening of the new ‘Centre for Joint Integration’ in Mawson Lakes, South Australia (SA).

The new centre was opened by Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Australia Defence Minister Peter Dutton said that the multi-million-dollar investment will generate hundreds of new defence industry jobs.

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