Asian SM-2 Maintenance Contract Awarded
By Wendell Minnick
TAIPEI - Japan, South Korea and Taiwan were notified by the U.S. Defense Department on Sept. 16 of a contract award to Raytheon for Standard Missile-2 depot-level maintenance facility tasks, which provides for the repair and maintenance of, or preparation, upgrade and installation of, guidance and autopilot sections of the SM-2.
The contract consists of Japan (14 percent), South Korea (2.3 percent) and Taiwan (4.7 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. All three countries have naval destroyers armed with SM-2 Block III missiles, including Japan's Kongo class, South Korea's KDX-II class and Taiwan's Kidd class. Work is expected to be completed by January.
The contract also provides for maintenance of the missile-tracking database and performance of special maintenance tasks.