Tucson-based Raytheon Missile systems has received a $30.2 million contract from Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for continued development of an advanced rocket and missile interceptor.
The companies are co-developing the Stunner interceptor as part of the David's Sling Weapon System. The first Stunner intercept flight test is planned for 2012.
The Stunner is designed to defeat a variety of short-range ballistic missiles, large caliber rockets and cruise missiles. The multi-platform weapon is designed for integration into current and planned air and missile defense systems.
Raytheon said it will use the funding for fabrication of the missile's subsystem hardware, including safety devices and guidance electronics. The new contract will also fund flight tests and low-rate initial production of the Stunner interceptor.
The interceptor initially be deployed by Israel but will eventually provide a missile-defense option for other allies worldwide, said said Mike Booen, vice president of advanced security and directed-energy Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems.