Spares for Harpoon Missiles

SHAH ALAM: Malaysia joined the US and eight other countries in procuring spares for the Boeing Harpoon and SLAM-ER missiles. Boeing received a $12.3 million contract from the US Navy to produce the missile spares, the US announced on Feb. 13, 2017.

The spares for Malaysia and the other countries including Australia, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Japan, Turkey, India, Thailand and Taiwan are being procured for the US Foreign Military Sales Program. The contract combines the purchases of the US Navy and the foreign governments.

RMAF F/A-18D Hornet M45-02 fitted with an inert Harpoon missile at LIMA 2011.

The work will be performed in Texas, Missouri, North Carolina and several other locations, and is expected to be completed by December 2018.

The Malaysian part of the contract is worth US$309,852 or 2.5 percent and based on the contract announcement it probably involved 17 missiles though it could be just 17 specific items. 

And no, we do not have SLAM-ERs.

US Navy ordnancemen fitting Harpoon missiles on a P-3 Orion MPA. US Navy.

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $12,399,305 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of spares in support of Harpoon and Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) for the Navy (83); and the governments of Saudi Arabia (143), Australia (5,734), Canada (50), Japan (96), Malaysia (17), Turkey (11), India (24), Taiwan (3), and Thailand (1). Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (29.56 percent); St. Charles, Missouri (21.51 percent); Black Mountain, North Carolina (15.04 percent); Joplin, Missouri (14.72 percent); Beverly, Massachusetts (4.24 percent); Burnely, United Kingdom (3.30 percent); Galena, Kansas (3.26 percent); Hayward, California (2.83 percent); Lititz, Pennsylvania (1.40 percent); Landsdale, Pennsylvania (1.01 percent); St. Louis, Missouri (0.94 percent); Middletown, Connecticut (0.70 percent); Chandler, Arizona (0.41 percent); Toledo, Ohio (0.29 percent); Skokie, Illinois (0.25 percent); Staten Island, New York (0.16 percent); Roswell, Georgia (0.10 percent); Huntington Beach, California (0.09 percent); Chatsworth, California (0.08 percent); St. Petersburg, Florida (0.07 percent); Irvine, California (0.03 percent); and Carson, New York (0.01 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. Fiscal 2016 weapons procurement (Navy); and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $12,399,305 are being obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) XX. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($1,977,154; 15.95 percent); and the governments of Saudi Arabia ($4,913,562; 39.63 percent); Australia ($2,189,643; 17.66 percent); Canada ($1,371,188; 11.06 percent); Japan ($1,101,488; 8.88 percent); Malaysia ($309,852; 2.50 percent); Turkey ($293,895; 2.37 percent); India ($116,138; 0.94 percent); Taiwan ($105,991; 0.85 percent); and Thailand ($20,394; 0.16 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-17-C-0012).

Hornet M45-08 from the 18th Squadron getting ready to take off for firing trials of the FZ rockets in 2015. FZ picture.

Checks showed that Malaysia bought 29 Harpoon missiles in two batches – 25 in 1994, delivered in 1997 while another 4 was ordered in 2006 and delivered a year later. The Harpoons operated by the 18th Squadron are the AGM-84A air-launched version.

A number of Harpoons have been fired in the past during exercises though the actual numbers are not known.

F/A-18E Super Hornet belonging to the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 Argonauts as it performs an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz underway conducting routine training exercises in the Pacific. It carries a SLAM-ER on the port side pylon. US Navy

The Harpoon is an all-weather anti-ship missile system initially developed by McDonnell Douglas. The system uses active radar homing to track down targets, and can be integrated with fixed-wing aircraft, surface ships and submarines.

The Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response, or SLAM-ER, is a precision-guided cruise missile also used for engagements in maritime environments. The weapon uses a combination of infrared imaging and GPS technology to track down moving and stationary targets.

By joining the US Navy and other users for this contract, RMAF would have gotten a much cheaper deal than if it had opted to buy the same things on our own. It does the same thing for the Hornet fleet overall though sometimes we skimp on things when the budget was tight.

— Malaysian Defence

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