US Navy May Select Raytheon Griffin Missile for LCS

13 January 2011 (Last Updated January 13th, 2011 18:30)

The US Navy may select Raytheon Griffin missiles to replace the non-line of sight (NLOS) missile on its Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), US surface warfare division director Rear Admiral Frank Pandolfe has said. Raytheon Griffin installation on the LCS will cost less than the larger NLOS syst

The US Navy may select Raytheon Griffin missiles to replace the non-line of sight (NLOS) missile on its Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), US surface warfare division director Rear Admiral Frank Pandolfe has said.

Raytheon Griffin installation on the LCS will cost less than the larger NLOS system and can hit targets at acceptable ranges.

A short-range version of the weapon would be fielded around mid-decade, followed by a longer-range version a couple of years later, according to DoD Buzz.

Griffin was originally designed as a replacement for the Hellfire antitank missile used by unmanned aerial vehicles.

The missile is equipped with a 13lb warhead and semi-active laser seeker, and uses parts of the Javelin anti-tank and AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.