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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

      • blight_

        Depends on the next time Germany and the US go to war. That said, the Germans are making half of the missiles, so as long as they mix production they should be fine, as long as the supply chain isn’t contaminated.

      • USS ENTERPRISE

        Odd. I remember reading that the Block 0 missiles had an accuracy rate of 95%, and it was US built. Read facts.

    • Frederic

      Hitler is gone, that history

  • Rick

    The contract is for rounds, not 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 ;)

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

        • whatever

          Restore Palestine is simply asking you to send your BS to India.

          why would he need to check any facts?

          • USS ENTERPRISE

            Restore Palestine, quit making up play friends. You obviously are “new” here, so please go do some reading.

  • 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.

    • USS ENTERPRISE

      Yeah. I mean, like when we were giving up weapons to Blighty in WWII, I am pretty sure that people thought that we were simply giving weapons to an enemy (Revolutionary War, War of 1812…) but we were helping an ally.

      • STemplar

        I’ve already said this has been a very odd thread. People actually expressing dismay over defense trade between the US and Germany today. They might be surprised to know that US industry was selling aviation fuel, aircraft parts and steel to Japan up until 1940ish….

        • d. kellogg

          Perhaps the dismay is rooted in some superstitious Third-Reich-will-last-for-a-thousand-years fear/paranoia too many folks adopted from reading too many WW2 fiction stories…?

          Still, judging by where things have gone with MEADS, I wholly understand the concern (cold feet?) over the RAM missile deal with Germany.
          However, RAM is considerably more proven and versatile (anti-missile, anti-air, even anti-surface in its latest Block iteration) than the vastly-more-expensive MEADS.

          • USS ENTERPRISE

            Yeah. Thousand years was a bit ambitious, to say the least. And yes, a very odd thread, but what that is kinda the trend that is being seen on some of the latest articles.

  • Mclee2009

    Make sure they’re democrats…

  • Frederic Mulika

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