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BAE Systems Australia has selected Australian Aerospace Composites (AAC) for future manufacture of Dorsal Fins for the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM).
AAC explain they will join a number of other Australian industries involved in the ESSM program with production expected to continue to 2018 for the current model. They say a forthcoming Block II ESSM may require dorsal fin redesign effort by the two companies.
According to AAC Australian involvement in the multi-nation ESSM program commenced in 1995 and has achieved over 300 million dollars in export sales. BAE Systems Australia, as the design authority for Dorsal Fins, Aerodynamic Control Fins and Thrust Vector Controllers, is the principal Australian partner for the Raytheon Missile Systems led ESSM program.
The Dorsal Fins will be manufactured at the AAC Brisbane facility.
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