MK 57 NATO Seasparrow Missile
MK 57 NATO Seasparrow Missile

Saab Awarded $105 Million US Navy Contract for Seasparrow Missile Tracker Illuminator

Saab Inc., East Syracuse, New York, was awarded a $32,245,366 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee and cost-only contract for the MK 9 MK 9 Tracker Illuminator System (TIS) Replacement Continuous Wave Tracking Illuminator (CWTI) development and production effort. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $104,840,812. Work is expected to be completed by August 2023. If all options are exercised, work will continue through March 2030.

Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $9,000,000 (99%); and fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $3,184 (1%) will be obligated at the time of award, of which $3,184 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the website, with two offers received. The U.S> Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.


The tracking illuminator is a computer-operated fire-control system that provides automatic acquisition and tracking of a designated target, generates launcher and missile orders, and in the automatic mode initiates the firing command when the target comes into range. Saab engineers will capitalize on an existing qualified design, develop the MK 9 TIS interface modifications, produce the MK 9 TIS replacement CWTI, and deploy it as part of the MK 57 MOD 14/15 surface-to-air missile system.

The MK 57 NATO Seasparrow is a medium-range, rapid-reaction missile that uses a semi-active radar-guidance, which uses reflected memory local area network fiber optic cable. It consists of the tracking illuminator and the MK 29 guided missile launching system (GMLS). The MK 57 system fires the RIM-7 Seasparrow radar-guided missile, which helps protect big-deck naval surface warships from enemy aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship cruise missiles, and similar threats.

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