Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 completes initial fleet firing
- Successful test prepares missile for at-sea use
The U.S. Navy completed the first fleet firing of Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 as part of its ongoing developmental and operational testing (DT/OT).
In an at-sea test conducted from the USS Arlington (LPD 24), two RAM Block 2 missiles engaged a subsonic target in a scenario designed to demonstrate the advanced missile's defensive capabilities.
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This test builds on three DT/OT tests conducted from the U.S. Navy's Self-Defense Test Ship earlier this year. Those firings successfully engaged both supersonic and sub-sonic maneuvering targets with all RAM Block 2 missiles meeting test objectives. The RAM Block 2 missile is now a perfect 4-for-4 in DT/OT engagements since the start of government testing.
"The first RAM Block 2 firing from a U.S. Navy ship is the culmination of a very strenuous government and industry test program," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Defense product line. "We now focus on the U.S. Navy's initial operational capability milestone along with delivery of the first RAM Block 2 production missiles in 2014."
Raytheon and its manufacturing partner RAMSYS of Germany were awarded the second U.S. Navy RAM Block 2 low-rate production contract for 61 missiles in December 2012. In addition, as previously reported, Raytheon and RAMSYS received a production contract for 445 RAM Block 2 missiles from the German navy earlier this year.
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Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)