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Boeing Ordered to Produce Harpoon Missiles For Saudi By August

The Harpoon is also capable of ship-to-land strikes

DESPARDES News Monitor – Boeing Co. has received a contract modification from the U.S. Navy for production of Harpoon missiles for Saudi Arabia’s military.

The modification calls for obsolescence redesign efforts in producing and delivering the AGM-84 Harpoon Block II missiles, a ship-based weapon, to be completed by the end of August. The Defense Department made the announcement on Tuesday.

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The 500-pound Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system, and is in use by over 30 countries’ navies. The Harpoon is also capable of ship-to-land strikes.

Boeing was awarded a $244 million Navy contract in October to procure long lead material for Harpoon full-rate production in support of multiple Foreign Military Sales customers.

“Harpoon is of yester-years, said a senior Pakistani defense analyst on condition of anonymity. “If the missile is so good why the US Navy and the Marines have ordered NSM ( Naval Strike Missile) from Sweden,” he added.

To date, Boeing has delivered more than 7,000 Harpoons to armed forces in more than 30 countries, according to the Boeing website.

The missile performs both landstrike and anti-ship missions.