Raytheon and Chemring conduct first live-fire test of Centurion launcher

13 December 2013 (Last Updated December 13th, 2013 06:51)

Raytheon Missile Systems and Chemring have successfully completed first live-fire test of Centurion launcher at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain in England.

Raytheon Missile Systems and Chemring have successfully completed first live-fire test of Centurion launcher at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain in England.

During testing, the Centurion launcher has successfully test-fired a Javelin missile and demonstrated its capability.

Raytheon Missile Systems Naval and Area Mission Defense product line vice-president Rick Nelson said the company is providing a sea-based, inside-the-horizon platform protection to bring an entirely new dimension to ship self-defence.

"The progression towards the full integration of a suite of Raytheon missiles with the Centurion launcher is a key goal towards the fielding of a multi-warfare discipline protection system that will be eminently suitable for small ships through to major combatants."

"Chemring's Centurion launcher, when coupled with Raytheon's combat-proven missiles, offers an evolutionary capability to defeat surface threats with this one system-multiple missions technology," Nelson added.

The Chemring Centurion launcher fires the missiles with initial target detection, tracking and identification provided by the ship's sensors.

Chemring Group chief executive Mark Papworth said: "The progression towards the full integration of a suite of Raytheon missiles with the Centurion launcher, which can also deploy anti-ship missile countermeasures and anti-torpedo decoys, is a key goal towards the fielding of a multi-warfare discipline protection system that will be eminently suitable for small ships through to major combatants."

In February, Raytheon Missile Systems and Chemring have planned to develop a naval anti-surface capability for ships ranging from size from small patrol boats to large combatants.

The Javelin is a versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided missile and surveillance weapon system designed by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin.

The missile is currently operational with the US Army and the US Marine Corps and has also been approved for foreign military sales to 13 countries.

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