Raytheon's SeaRAM intercepts target for the first time with a RAM Block 2 missile

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Raytheon's SeaRAM intercepts target for the first time with a RAM Block 2 missile
 
Raytheon Company's 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. On Jan. 11, 2016, Raytheon also announced it has been awarded a $66.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal year 2016 for Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided missile round pack requirements by the US Navy.
     
Raytheon Company's 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. On Jan. 11, 2016, Raytheon also announced it has been awarded a $66.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal year 2016 for Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided missile round pack requirements by the US Navy.
Raytheon SeaRAM anti-ship missile successfully hit a target with a RAM Block 2 missile for the first time
     
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.

     
Raytheon Company's 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. On Jan. 11, 2016, Raytheon also announced it has been awarded a $66.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal year 2016 for Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided missile round pack requirements by the US Navy.
Raytheon's Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2
(Credit: Raytheon)
     
The $66.6 million firm-fixed-price contract announced yesterday includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $142.8 million, and includes an option for foreign military sales to an international customer.

RAM is a cooperative program between the U.S. and German governments with industry support from Raytheon and RAMSYS of Germany. The contract calls for production work to be shared between both companies.

"RAM Block 2 adds important enhancements to counter a bigger set of targets and give our warfighters an unfair advantage," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval Area and Mission Defense product line. "Our partnership with RAMSYS is a great example of Raytheon's commitment to working with countries and companies around the globe."

Work outlined in the contract is expected to be completed by February 2018. The contract was awarded in the fourth quarter of 2015, on Dec. 31.

RAM is a supersonic, quick reaction, fire-and-forget missile providing defense against anti-ship cruise missiles, helicopter and airborne threats, and hostile surface craft. The missile's autonomous dual-mode, passive radio frequency and infrared guidance design provide a high-firepower capability for engaging multiple threats simultaneously. RAM is installed, or planned for installation, aboard more than 165 ships as an integral self-defense weapon for the navies of Egypt, Germany, Greece, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The RAM Block 2 upgrade includes a four-axis independent control actuator system and an increase in rocket motor capability, increasing the missile's effective range and delivering a significant increase in maneuverability. The improved missile also incorporates an upgraded passive radio frequency seeker, a digital autopilot and engineering changes in selected infrared seeker components.

 

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