Raytheon, Chemring Group plan live missile firing for next phase of CENTURION development
- Anti-swarm capability key goal of collaborative work
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), acting through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring Group (LSE: CHG) are finalizing plans to conduct a live missile firing of the multirole CENTURION® launcher at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain during the fourth quarter of 2013.
"Our plan is to launch a missile to help prove our capability against a maneuvering surface threat such as a fast, swarming attack craft," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "Chemring's CENTURION® launcher, coupled with a number of Raytheon's combat-tested missiles, brings an entirely new dimension to ship self-defense to provide a sea-based, inside-the-horizon platform protection system."
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The solution to counter fast inshore attack craft consists of a variety of Raytheon missiles with ranges matched to the intended target. The missiles would be fired from the Chemring CENTURION® launcher, with initial target detection, tracking and identification provided by the ship's sensors.
"This progression towards integrating CENTURION® with Raytheon missiles to deliver a low-cost, effective and versatile solution to increase naval platform protection is a significant milestone," said Mark Papworth, chief executive of Chemring Group. "This multimission single-launch platform solution can be installed on a wide variety of surface ships and provides defensive protection in both blue water and the littorals, contributing to the layered defence philosophy against a wide range of threats."
Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)