Raytheon has received a contract to provide the joint miniature munitions bomb rack unit (JMM BRU) aircraft integration and lifecycle technical support to the US Air Force (USAF).

Under the $35m sole-source, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, the company will provide (JMM BRU) aircraft integration and life cycle technical support throughout the technology development and engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD), as well as EMD F-15 flight test and production phases.

Specific responsibilities include engineering, investigation and analysis, aircraft integration, testing, training, material and software updates, as well as simulations, modelling, test hardware, initial spares, and procurement of all associated hardware to support the activities.

Raytheon intelligence, information and services mission support and modernisation vice-president Todd Probert said: "JMM BRU end-users now have a next evolution system that can be integrated with more than 11 different platforms.

"Under the $35m sole-source, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, Raytheon will provide (JMM BRU) aircraft integration and life cycle technical support."

"Our strength in engineering and design allowed us to offer the customer a system with improved combat turn-around time, enhanced system performance and improved warfighter readiness."

Initiated in October 2014, the JMM BRU support contract features an eight-year period of performance, with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, as the contracting activity.

Apart from the IDIQ contract, the company also secured its first delivery order.

Work under the contract would be carried out at the company’s facilities at Indianapolis, Indiana, US, and is expected to be completed by August 2021.

The JMM BRU is an advanced bomb carriage and release system for aircraft, and is expected to enable both the USAF and the US Navy to perform more missions using fewer aircraft.