Navy Contract Will Produce Missiles for Germany

The U.S. Navy is helping Germany arm its fleet with more than 400 anti-ship missile systems.

The Navy announced the March 29 $343,550,330 contract award to RAMSYS GmbH, Ottobrunn, Germany for the production of 445 Block 2 MK-44 Mod 4 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided Missile Round Pack (GMRP) All-Up-Rounds, according to a Defense Department contract award notice.

The RAM Guided Missile Weapon System is co-developed and co-produced under an International Cooperative Program between the United States and Federal Republic of Germany’s governments. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms.

This contract will be funded 100 percent by the Federal Republic of Germany, according to the announcement.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  Funding in the amount of $1,347,902 will be obligated at the time of the award.

The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C., oversaw the contract, the result of an international agreement between the governments of the United States and Germany.

About 50 percent of the work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., with help from facilities in Andover, Mass., and Rocket Center, West Virginia. The remainder of the work will be performed in Ottobrunn, Germany. The project is scheduled to be completed by January 2019.

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  • USS ENTERPRISE

    Dang. I can see the future now, where people will come an comment to testify to the evils of the defense contractor. I, though, predictably, support this. I wonder what particular ship the Germans want to equip.

    • blight_

      Indeed, since all of their frigates have RAM already.

  • Lance

    America makes German missiles for Germany. Hitler must be rolling over in his grave LOL!!!!

    • USS ENTERPRISE

      Eh, that statement is wrong on many levels. I know this sounds cliche, but it is true. The Nazis invaded Germany before Czechoslovakia, Poland, France, Russia, etc. Germany wasn’t the enemy in the European theater, as Germany represents all the people of Germany. We were fighting Nazis.

      • Jacob

        Well unfortunately, enough Germans accepted the Nazis as being their legitimate leaders, and so we had to fight the Germans to get to the Nazis.

        • USS ENTERPRISE

          Yes, but you will notice that after the war, the German military had many of the soldiers that once had a pledge to Hitler. Yes, we had to kill Germans to get to Nazis, and many Germans were Nazis, and vice versa. But the fact is that post World War I Germany was lost, confused, shocked, horrified, and hated. Seeing such a pragmatic leader rise to power would have been a relief. One final note: Hitler was Austrian.

      • matt

        I lived in Germany 20 years ago and found German people to be very
        conscious of the Nazi legacy and most were horrified by it. I once heard
        in a bar in Berlin (in German, naturally) “I never want to hear ‘Yankee go
        home’! The Americans destroyed the Nazis!”

      • Tad

        Bunk. Sounds pretty. Sounds nice. Sounds sooo…. PC. Along the lines of, “Oooh, the Wehrmacht never did anything bad. It was only that naughty SS.” Sorry, my friend, but your aircraft carrier ran aground on the shoals of historical truth.

        • USS ENTERPRISE

          I didn’t say that. Or imply that. I am saying that the image the word “Nazi” conjures up is associated with the SS. Wehrmacht did some bad things, but technically, they weren’t official members of the Nazi party. Its like saying a US soldier is Democratic because the president is Democratic.

    • Karl

      That’s just plain silly, and unfair to today’s Germany. You might as well refer to Americans as slave-holding plantation owners. Just as untrue.

      • USS ENTERPRISE

        Precisely my point. I am especially angered when people think its funny to make fun of Nazis and their German connection. I have heard of stories of idiots who have actually went up to German exchange students, and openly make fun of the war. It is sick.

        • Restore Palestine

          A new category of BS from BS ENTERPRISE. Ha.

          • USS ENTERPRISE

            Man, do you even read the my comments? Literally everything I said has to do with personal experience. Pretty sad.

    • Restore Palestine

      If America lets Germany make its own missiles, there is a 99% chance that over 95% of the missiles will work properly and not be susceptible to Disable Signals from the US military in the event of a conflict.

      When the US is involved in manufacturing those missiles, there is a 99% chance that around 50% of the missiles will not work properly if at all.

    • Frederic

      Hitler is gone, that history

  • Rick

    The contract is for rounds, not launchers.

    • USS ENTERPRISE

      Even so, why are they buying 400? I mean, they already have a lot of missiles when they both their launchers.

  • Otto Hahn

    Its only to help US to keep their jobs, we dont really need this, especially for a 2019 timeframe. We are more worried about our gold reserves! I found LANCEs comment highly inappropiate and insulting and i guarantee, these comments could get you into huge trouble in Germany. ANY comment about Hitler or WW2 will let us rolleyes and increases your chance of being punched into your face. Americans dont want to get asked about blacks slavery, prohibition, killing indians, guantanamo bay, CampdenNJetc ALL of the time, do they?

  • CarsonRay

    We “government “has lost their ever loving mind.What next?Give arms to North Korea ?

    • USS ENTERPRISE

      ? What has Germany and NK have to do with each other? Germany is an ally. NK is DEFINITELY not.

    • William_C1

      In case you haven’t been following world events of the past 60 years, Germany is no longer in the crazy world domination business, they are an ally.

      • drone

        Not with panzers, but they’re certainly buying up Europe through the back door ;)

        • USS ENTERPRISE

          But it is peaceful. Mostly.

  • Belesari

    Wow the stupid is in full force in this article. Of course most of it comes from “Restore Palestine” but then with a name like that we should expect so much…

    • STemplar

      It is an odd conversation over a very dull procurement announcement article about ammo essentially.

      • crackedlenses

        There seems to have been a rash of odd conversations as of late.

    • USS ENTERPRISE

      Hmm yes. And this is just a procurement article. Nothing really special. All thanks to a Nazi joke.

  • bob

    Stop all the nonsense about “protecting their families from the nazis”. You do realize these people had a choice at the beggining right? They didn’t make that choice and chose to be apart of a mass murdering system because things were going out “nicely”. Who wouldn’t want to put the blame on somebody else?

    Absolutely pathetic you German sympathizing idiots.

    • Turgon

      Hey, the war ended 68 years ago. Get over it.

      If you really wanted to point the genocide stick at someone every country in the world would be guilty. Are you going to blame Mongolia for killing millions because of Gangis Khan? Oh wait, Italians should be on the list too because of Julius Caesar slaying hundreds of thousands with his campaigns in Gaul. You go back far enough you realize genocide ain’t nice but it also ain’t new. How in the hell do you have the right to blame anyone.

      • USS ENTERPRISE

        Exactly. We don’t sympathize the Nazi cause, but the German people who fell victim to it. After WWI, Germany was ruined. The German people needed a strong, powerful leader, and Hitler fit the bill. He stayed in power by using, of course, the SS, the Holocaust, and war. Yes, the German people could have chosen another leader. But all their other leaders were bringing down the already low Germany.

        • Restore Palestine

          BS as usual.

          Did you know that the people AND the government of India are committing genocide by letting the population explosion get out of control?

          India is doing nothing to stop the rat-like breeding within its borders, even though the environment has continued its rapid deterioration.

          Why don’t you write the Indian government a letter a day instead of posting worthless BS here.

  • USS ENTERPRISE

    Perhaps. But once again, it raises the question, how many missiles do they have, excluding this order? I am not trying to go against Germany, which is an ally and partner, but seriously, why some many missiles? I mean, its not exactly a country with millions of haters (NK, China, US, Iran, or rather, the Middle East).

    • Restore Palestine

      Send your BS to India please.

      • USS ENTERPRISE

        That doesn’t even make any sense. Check your facts.

  • William Millard

    RAM is not an Anti-Ship Missle. You can call it an Anti-Anti-Ship Missle.

  • RJLipscomb

    The US and Germany have been partners in defense technology and production for a very long time. This is just another example of the bond between the two countries.

  • Mclee2009

    Make sure they’re democrats…

  • Frederic Mulika

    Germany is NATO , A friend to United States there is no need to worry.