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TEWKSBURY, Mass., Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a multimillion-dollar contract to provide International High-Mobility Launchers (HMLs) to the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) for its National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).
The HML is a lightweight missile launch platform that can carry up to six AMRAAM missiles mounted on a High-Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle. The contract is part of the Royal Norwegian effort to upgrade, modernize and sustain RNoAF's NASAMS through the NASAMS Robustness Program.
"NASAMS has been fielded by Norway for more than a decade. The addition of the High-Mobility Launchers provides the Royal Norwegian Air Force with a highly mobile, quick-reaction, easily deployable solution," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "We are proud to provide, with our partner KONGSBERG, additional superior integrated air and missile defense capability to Norway, and honored that the Royal Norwegian Air Force has placed its trust in this highly adaptable medium range air defense solution to protect high-value assets and maneuvering forces."
The International HML will provide current and future NASAMS users with increased air defense capability, including C-130 roll-on and roll-off agility. In addition, Raytheon will upgrade electronics for the canister launcher fleet to provide common launch electronics for both canister and HML launchers, for easier maintenance and reduced life-cycle costs.
The Raytheon-KONGSBERG NASAMS maximizes the warfighter's ability to identify, engage and destroy current and evolving enemy aircraft, UAV or cruise missile threats. NASAMS is operationally deployed in Norway, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.S. National Capital Region.
Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter at @raytheon.