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Boeing awarded US Navy contract to supply 36 SLAM ER data link pods and containers to Saudi Arabia


The U.S. Department of Defense announced on June 10 that Boeing is awarded a $78,355,686 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001920C0003). This modification exercises an option to procure various material associated with a quantity of 36 Stand-Off Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM ER) data link pods and containers in support of the SLAM ER obsolescence redesign program for the government of Saudi Arabia.

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Boeing awarded US Navy contract to supply 36 SLAM ER data link pods and containers to Saudi Arabia A U.S. Navy McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet from the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, California (USA), in flight. The aircraft is equipped with an AGM-84 Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) under the right wing and two AN/AWW-13 Advanced Data Link pods under the left wing (Picture source: U.S. Navy)


Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana (90%); and St, Louis, Missouri (10%), and is expected to be completed in December 2026. Foreign Military Sales in the amount of $78,355,686 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER (Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response) is an advanced stand-off precision-guided, air-launched cruise missile produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the United States Armed Forces and their allies. Developed from the AGM-84E SLAM (Standoff Land Attack Missile) (itself developed by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems from the McDonnell Douglas Harpoon anti-ship missile), the SLAM-ER is capable of attacking land and sea targets medium to long-range (155 nautical miles/270 km maximum). The SLAM-ER relies on the Global Positioning System (GPS) and infrared imaging for its navigation and control, and it can strike both moving and stationary targets.

The SLAM-ER can be remotely controlled while in flight, and it can be redirected to another target after launch if the original target has already been destroyed, or is no longer considered to be dangerous (command guidance).