• HMAS Brisbane launches its Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile during Exercise Pacific Vanguard in the East Australian Exercise Area last year. (Defence)
    HMAS Brisbane launches its Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile during Exercise Pacific Vanguard in the East Australian Exercise Area last year. (Defence)

BAE Systems has secured a $50 million export contract to deliver critical hardware and software sub-assemblies into the global Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) program.

BAE Systems and an expanded network of Australian industry partners will deliver critical sub-assemblies into Block 2 of the ESSM program under a new three-year full rate production contract with Raytheon Missiles and Defense in the United States.

BAE Systems Australia is the Australian industry lead in the NATO ESSM Consortium which oversees the program of up to 12 nations including the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway.

BAE Systems Australia has been involved with the ESSM program from the commencement of the Engineering & Manufacturing Development phase in the mid 1990’s through to Full Rate Production of the Block 1 missile, continuing its support on Block 2 development commencing in 2015.

The company will deliver a range of sub-assemblies including the missile’s thrust vector controller, aerodynamic control fins, fuselage and internal structure elements, telemetry data transmitting systems as well as sophisticated pitch over autopilot algorithms.

The initial contract award covers the first three years of full rate production at a base value of more than $50 million and up to $40 million in quantity based options.

The Block 2 contract will also secure an enduring workforce of 35 engineers and technicians and establish a significant order book for future full rate production.

BAE Systems Australia says it continues to work with Raytheon Missiles & Defense to achieve additional Australian industry work share, including the upgrade through redesign of existing Side Looking Sub-System.

Up to 33 Australian SMEs including RUAG Australia, Ronson Gears and Astute Electronics will manufacture and supply parts into BAE Systems’ manufacturing facilities at Edinburgh Parks. 

“BAE Systems Australia is proud to continue its role in the ESSM program which ensures the protection of naval fleets around the world," BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive, Ben Hudson, said.

“This contract, alongside our Prime Contractor role on the Nulka Active Missile Decoy, continues the important work undertaken by our employees and our trusted industry partners across Australia which have been delivering guided weapons capability into domestic and export programs for decades.

“An established sovereign design and manufacturing capability and network of industry suppliers means we are ready today to extend delivery into more guided weapons programs under the Commonwealth’s Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise.”

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