The US Army has approved Raytheon’s surface-launched medium-range air-to-air missile (SLAMRAAM) programme for a long-lead acquisition.

The contract is valued at a maximum of $30m for long-lead purchases leading to low-rate initial production.

SLAMRAAM is a tailorable state-of-the-art air defence system that can defeat current and emerging cruise missile threats, unmanned aerial systems and a variety of other potential threats.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems’s national and theatre security programmes vice president Pete Franklin said that SLAMRAAM represents a revolutionary step forward in the defence of the troops on the battlefield as well as the nation and allies.

“SLAMRAAM will field the first command and control air defence system supporting the army’s vision of a ‘system of systems’,” Franklin said.

SLAMRAAM provides the warfighter with a system of highly mobile battlefield elements networked and geographically distributed to provide integrated fire control capability against airborne threats.