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Raytheon Implementation Letter

AIM-9X Endorsement Letter:

June 14, 2001

Leo Plonsky
SPANS Program Manager
Office of Naval Research
Manufacturing Technology Detachment
700 Robbins Avenue, Bldg 10, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19111-5078

Dear Mr. Plonsky:

The AIM-9X Program Office and the Raytheon AIM-9X Program Office have been briefed concerning participation in the Supply-chain Practices for Affordable Navy Systems (SPANS) Program. We strongly support our inclusion/participation in the SPANS Program via a deployment pilot of Supply-chain Technology for Affordable Manufactured Products (STAMP) technology. STAMP, as deployed by SPANS, provides a low risk opportunity to provide major benefits to AIM-9X and the Navy through reduced cycle time and waste, improved quality and reduced cost.

Our intention is to both follow the deployment pilot exchange activities and provide guidance as requested. We also intend to participate in discussing the potential of gainsharing arrangements to include the AIM-9X Program Office, Raytheon, and Raytheon vendors experiencing cost reductions from adoption of the STAMP technology. We recognize that supply chain technology improvements, as is being proposed for affordability of our country's weapon systems. Based on the results of early pilot activities of STAMP technology, we believe the SPANS Program deployment of STAMP technology should result in substantial cost and cycle time savings for the AIM-9X Program.


Col. James McClendon, USAF, the NAVAIR PMA-259's signature

John Gilray, the Raytheon AIM-9X Program Manager's Signature