Guest speaker Vice Adm. James Syring, center, greets one of Raytheon's guests at its missile anniversary celebration. At left is Taylor Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "The early systems were highly complex for the time," Lawrence noted.
Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $230 million contract to produce 19 Standard Missile-3 interceptors for the nation's emerging missile-defense shield - including five copies of an advanced version whose future looked uncertain a year ago.
A Standard Missile-3 Block IB, under development by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems, was launched from the U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Lake Erie in a successful intercept test off Hawaii on June 27, 2011.