BAE Systems’ York County facility will build missile launching systems for the Navy under a new four-year $54.6 million contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The company’s West Manchester Township facility will do about 20 percent of the work on the contract, which includes building the MK-41 Vertical Launching System’s mechanical modules, related equipment and other services, according to the department. The MK-41 is the primary missile launching system aboard Navy vessels and is used for Missile Defense Agency programs.
BAE’s facilities in Aberdeen, S.D.; Aiken, S.C.; Louisville, Ky.; and Fridley, Minn. also will work on the contract, according to the department.
The company has options for additional work on the contract, which if exercised could add about $900,000 to the total, the department said.
In May, London-based BAE’s U.S. subsidiaries were cleared of any involvement in arms control violations going back to a 2010 conviction. The parent company settled for $79 million with the U.S. State Department.
In April, BAE’s York County facility signed a new three-year contract with its unionized workers represented by Local 7687 of the United Steelworkers.
BAE representatives did not immediately return calls for more information. It’s not known whether the Navy contract will mean additional jobs in York County.