The Navy has awarded its latest building contracts as part of its ongoing effort to strengthen the country’s defense capabilities and military modernization.

The US Navy awarded American aerospace and defense giant Raytheon Technologies a $234 million contract to build and deliver the Over-the-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) last week, March 22.

Raytheon is set to work on the production in Norway, Germany, and various locations in the US, and it is expected to be completed by March 2027.

What is the Over the Horizon Weapons System?

As defined by the Navy in its fiscal year 2020 program fact sheet, the “OTH-WS program is a long-range, surface-to-surface warfare system intended to engage maritime targets inside and beyond the radar horizon.” It consists of the following components: an “operator interface console, Naval Strike Missile (NSM), and the Missile Launching System.”