Raytheon has secured a contract for the delivery of additional AGM-176 Griffin air-to-ground missiles to the US Air Force (USAF).

Covering the delivery of Griffin missiles and support, the indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at $85.5m, with $32.5m awarded as an initial order.

The company will deliver Griffin A and B Block II/III missiles as well as test and support equipment under firm-fixed-price contract line item number. This will be in addition to engineering support under a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line item number.

Raytheon expects to secure orders for missiles and engineering services over the life of the contract.

"The Griffin is an air- and ground-launched, precise, low-collateral-damage weapon developed for use in irregular warfare operations."

Under development since 2008, the Griffin is an air and ground-launched, precise, low-collateral-damage weapon developed for use in irregular warfare operations.

Equipped with a 13lb warhead, the missile has been designed to be launched from the ground or air as a rocket-powered missile or dropped from the air as a guided bomb. It has a proven track record for successful rapid integration on land, sea and air assets.

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The missile has been developed in two variants. These are an aft-eject AGM-176A Griffin missile intended for employment from C-130 aircraft and a forward-firing Griffin BGM-176B missile that launches from rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, ground-launch applications and maritime platforms.

Installed on the USAF AC-130W Stinger II, the US Marine Corps KC-130J Harvest Hawk and the US Navy’s Cyclone-class patrol coastal platforms, the missile has also been used by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Work under the contract would be carried out at the company’s facility in Tucson, Arizona, US, and is expected to be completed by October 2017.

Defence Technology