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Raytheon gets $66 million for SM-3 missile development

Tucson's Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $66 million contract to continue development of the SM-3 Block IIA Aegis Ashore ballistic missile, Pentagon officials said.

The company will "continue efforts for engineering services, analysis, and material in support of the SM-3 Block IIA program efforts, including BMD 5.1 engineering, integration, certification and test efforts; post events assessment support; and flight terminations systems in support of the Aegis Ashore flight test mission for the SM-3 Block IIA program," according to a Defense Department notice.

The total contract is about $2.1 billion, including previous work.

The Block IIA variant of the Standard Missile 3 is being developed with the Japanese military, and will be based on land. It is scheduled to be deployed as part of NATO's missile defense system in Poland in 2018. The missile is designed to target short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, and satellites. The SM-3 uses the kinetic energy of its mass to destroy targets rather than bearing an explosive warhead.

Earlier variants of the SM-3 have been deployed since 2011, on Aegis-equipped ships, and more recently on land platforms in Romania.

The latest version of the anti-missile missile successfully hit its target in a February test, but a June test was a failure.

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A test of the SM-3.

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