Raytheon awarded USD 1.2 billion contract to supply more NASAMS air defense missiles to Ukraine

The U.S. Department of Defense on November 30 announced that Raytheon was awarded a $1,216,207,829 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), associated equipment, services and spares in support of the efforts in Ukraine.
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Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 28, 2025. Fiscal 2023 Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds in the amount of $1,216,207,829 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

The Army, along with industry partners, will work to shorten the 24-month production lead time associated with the production and delivery of NASAMS. U.S. Department of Defense Press Secretary Brigadier General Patrick Ryder stated earlier that the delivery of six NASAMS batteries to Ukraine would take a couple of years.

NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) is a medium to long-range air defense missile system designed and manufactured by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace teamed up with Raytheon for the missile. The system is renowned for its use of the Raytheon AMRAAM missile but is furthermore operational with command and control of a range of guns and short and medium-range missiles, such as e.g. L-70 guns, RBS 70, and Hawk. It has also proven integration with directed-energy weapons (DEWs) and longer-range systems, such as e.g. Patriot.

The NASAMS can be deployed to identify, engage and destroy aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, and for protecting high-value assets and mass population centers against air-to-surface threats.