Raytheon Company Missile Systems has been awarded a $315 million contract to produce the Griffin multi-platform lightweight missile for U.S. Special Operations Command. The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, enables the company to produce the missile and provides support for product improvements, operations and sustainment. Work will be performed at contractor facilities in Tucson, Ariz. Fiscal 2018 research, development, testing and evaluation funds will be obligated to satisfy the contract minimum amount, and additional funding will be obligated on a delivery and task order basis.
The Griffin® missile is a multi-platform, multi-service weapon that has a proven track record for successful rapid integration on land, sea and air platforms. It is available in two variants: Griffin A, which is an aft-eject missile and Griffin B, which is a forward-firing missile. Raytheon continues to evaluate additional upgrades to Griffin that enables the warfighter. The Griffin missile provides the user with flexible employment options through a simple, easy-to-operate, graphical user interface. The user can select from multiple flight profile and fuzing modes. It also provides lethal effects and employs GPS-aided inertial guidance and a semi-active laser seeker for pinpoint accuracy.