Raytheon ship-defense missile clears key tests
Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 1:05 pm
Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems says the latest version of its Rolling Airframe Missile ship-defense system successfully completed two guided test vehicle flights within one week, moving the system toward production later this year.
The tests of the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 demonstrated the system’s upgraded flight performance, guidance system and airframe. The dates and locations of the tests were not disclosed.
Raytheon is building 35 RAM Block 2 missiles during a design and development test phase and expects low-rate production to begin in 2012.
Produced in partnership by Raytheon and RAMSYS of Germany, the RAM system is used aboard more than 100 ships as a self-defense weapon for the navies of the U.S., Egypt, Germany, Greece, Republic of Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.