Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the Griffin® missile's
combat proven capabilities in a maritime environment by successfully
engaging fast-moving small boats from various platforms throughout a
series of at-sea tests.
footage: Griffin Missile fired from USS Monsoon
one of the tests, the MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System was
integrated on a Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal-class ship, where the missile
was employed against remote-controlled boats simulating a threat to
"The Griffin missile and the MK-60 System provide the accuracy
and lethality required to meet the requirements of our operational testing,"
said Capt. Mike Ladner, major program manager of Surface Ship Weapons,
U.S. Navy Integrated Warfare Systems 3.0 program office.
The most recent test, conducted at the Navy's Point Mugu, Calif., sea
test range, marked the completion of a quick reaction assessment that
will lead to fielding of the Griffin missile on forward deployed Patrol
Coastal ships later this year.
"The Griffin missile is ideally suited for protecting Navy ships
against the increasing small boat threat," said Harry Schulte,
vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems.
"Griffin is fully developed, lightweight and precise. It is designed
with confined lethality to minimize collateral effects and maximize
The MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System includes a proven laser
targeting system as well as a Navy-designed launcher and battle management
system featuring the Griffin missile. This system will provide the Navy's
Patrol Coastal class ships with their first operational capability against
small boat threats outside of current gun range.
US Navy Cyclone class Patrol Vessel
The Griffin missile is a multi-platform, multi-service weapon that has
a proven track record for successful rapid integration with land, sea
and air assets. The combat-proven Griffin AGM-176A is an aft-eject missile
designed for employment from platforms such as the C-130 aircraft. The
Griffin BGM-176B is a forward-firing missile that launches from rotary-
and fixed-wing aircraft, ground-launch applications and maritime platforms.
The Griffin missile is 43 inches long, weighs 33 pounds, has a 13-pound
warhead, and is in production today.
Griffin enables the warfighter to engage targets via a simple user interface
and guide the weapon to the target using GPS coordinates exclusively
or with laser designation. To maximize lethality, the user can choose
to engage the target with direct attack or high impact angle, and has
the option of using height of burst, point detonation or delayed fuzing.