(while the Coyote is a target missile to test Aegis - it still has the makings of a cruise missile - solid fuel integrated ramjet).
Orbital Sciences missile work gets a boost
Orbital Sciences Corp. said Monday it won a contract worth up to $37.9 million from the Navy to build 13 more Coyote missiles.
The new production order for the Dulles-based manufacturer of small rockets and space systems was issued by the Naval Air Systems Command based at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.
Orbital won the initial development contract from the Navy in 2000 to build the supersonic sea-skimming target (SSST) missile and in 2005 completed the development phase, which included six flight tests.
Now Orbital is building missiles for actual use. The work on the missiles, which can reach speeds of more than Mach 2.5, is being conducted at the company's launch vehicle engineering and production facility in Chandler, Ariz.
Orbital has received orders to build 61 missiles, and 19 of them have been delivered.