The US Navy has awarded Boeing two contracts worth $3.1 billion in total for the delivery of Harpoon and Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM ER) weapon systems.
Both contracts are in support of Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
All SLAM ER missiles under a $1.97 billion contract are destined for Saudi Arabia. They will be fielded on the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Super Eagles, which are also being delivered by Boeing.
The $656 million Harpoon contract will see Block II missiles delivered to Brazil, Thailand, Qatar, and support equipment for the governments of Japan, the Netherlands, India and Korea.
The brunt of Harpoon missiles to be delivered, 402 of them, will be delivered to Saudi Arabia.
“These awards will not only extend production of the Harpoon program through 2026, they will also restart the production line for SLAM ER and ensure deliveries through 2028,” said Cindy Gruensfelder, vice president, Boeing Weapons.
Boeing noted it last delivered the SLAM ER weapon system in 2008. In October 2019, the company began construction on a new 35,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility to support increased production for the Harpoon and SLAM ER programs. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021.