Wednesday, May 08, 2019

USMC back in the ship killing business thanks to the NSM...

via Naval News.
Raytheon will integrate the Naval Strike Missile into the U.S. Marine Corps' existing force structure under a $47.59 million Other Transaction Authority agreement with Marine Corps Systems Command, the US contractor announced at the Sea-Air-Space 2019 symposium in National Harbor.

“A USMC NSM supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy and Commandant of the Marine Corps modernization efforts,” said Raytheon, which confirmed that the USMC NSM will be similar to the one selected last year by the US Navy.

In June 2018, the U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $14.86 million contract to manufacture and deliver NSM as the Navy’s new over-the-horizon weapon system for littoral combat ships and future frigates. An order that could grow to as much as $848 million over the life of the contract.

“The Marine Corps’ selection of the Navy’s anti-ship missile enhances joint interoperability and reduces costs and logistical burdens,” Raytheon added. The company declined to detail which USMC platform will receive the NSM missile. “It’s up to the Corps”, Raytheon NSM Program Director Randy Kempton said.
Story here. 

I'm curious.  Will this be a ground based system?  Is this thing even capable of being launched from the air?  A quick glance at Raytheon's site left me blank.

Who does this fall under if its ground launched?  Arty?  Will a new "coastal defense unit" be established?  Will they stick it under LAR's umbrella (they seem to be picking up damn near every other job) or are they thinking something else entirely?

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