Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) SeaRAM® anti-ship missile defense system used a Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 for the first time to intercept an incoming target during a U.S. Navy live-fire exercise at China Lake in California.
The SeaRAM system detected, tracked and engaged an inbound threat, and fired a RAM Block 2 that successfully intercepted the target. SeaRAM was configured with a nearby Phalanx Close-In Weapon System for the test, similar to the way the two systems would be deployed together on U.S. Navy destroyers.
"SeaRAM continues to demonstrate how vital a weapon it is for defending navies against anti-ship missiles," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "Raytheon's close-in defense systems can provide warfighters with a capability found nowhere else, and help the U.S. Navy extend its reach with a layered defense that can counter various threats."
RAM Block 2, which reached Initial Operating Capability in May, 2015, adds enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver and an improved control system.
The successful demonstration followed the U.S. Navy's similar successful SeaRAM firing of a RAM Block 1 earlier this year from a littoral combat ship.
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Source: Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)
Date: Jan 11, 2016