U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today welcomed a contract totaling nearly $18.4 million for weapons development at Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems.

“The defense industry is a major engine of the economy in Southern Arizona,” Barber, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said today. “The defense systems built here are critical to the security of our nation and to our forces around the world.”

The contract was awarded for the High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System support services.

The High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System used with the Air Force's F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, provides all-weather detection, identification and suppression of enemy air defenses. The precision targeting system delivers missiles using GPS and digital receiver technology.

The program provides jobs for about 50 Southern Arizona employees of Raytheon.

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