Alliant Techsystems and Textron Defence have been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract by the US Army for the procurement of Spider XM-7 networked munitions systems.
The $34m contract will provide for the procurement of 44 low-rate initial productions of the munitions system.
The Spider XM-7 system is a remote explosive device consisting of up to 84 munitions control units (MCUs) controlled by a human-operated remote control station (RCS).
The Spider has a known location, and can be safely recovered and readied for a new deployment if it has not been fired, unlike conventional land mines.
Work will be carried out at the companies' facilities in Massachusetts, Minnesota, West Virginia and Iowa, US, with an estimated completion date of 15 December 2011.