Military Embedded Systems

Advanced seeker production continues at BAE Systems for next-generation precision-guided missile

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December 08, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

BAE Systems photo.

NASHUA, N.H. BAE Systems announced that it received a $60 million contract from Lockheed Martin to make and deliver additional advanced missile seekers for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) used by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

According to BAE Systems officials, the seeker uses long-range sensors and targeting technology that enable the stealthy missile to seek and engage specific targets within groups of ships; these advanced technologies can operate in challenging electromagnetic environments by reducing dependence on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms; network links; and GPS navigation.

This latest LRASM seeker contract continues the transition of the program from Accelerated Acquisition to Low Rate Production. BAE Systems has already delivered more than 50 systems that have demonstrated their usefulness during multiple test events. Moreover, information from the company reveals that BAE Systems is also working to make the seeker system smaller, more capable, and more efficient to produce.

Bruce Konigsberg, Radio Frequency Sensors product area director at BAE Systems, said of the contract win: “Our warfighters need resilient, long-range precision strike capabilities to compete with modern adversaries. We’re proud to partner with Lockheed Martin in delivering this distinct competitive advantage to U.S. warfighters.”

Work under the contract on the LRASM sensor will be done at BAE Systems facilities in Wayne, New Jersey; Greenlawn, New York; and Nashua, New Hampshire.