Raytheon conducts double-fire test of RAM Block 2 missile

22 October 2012 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2012 03:45)

Raytheon has successfully completed the third guided test vehicle flight of its Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2, as well as validating the use of production-representative hardware and upgrading kinematic performance capabilities.

Rolling Airframe Missile

Raytheon has successfully completed the third guided test vehicle flight of its Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2, as well as validating the use of production-representative hardware and upgrading kinematic performance capabilities.

During testing, the RAM missile was launched twice to hit a target and demonstrated its command and control capabilities, in addition to proving its guidance system and airframe capabilities.

Trials follow the recently awarded $51.7m low-rate initial production contract in August to Raytheon for delivery of 51 Block 2 MK-44 Mod 4 RAM guided missile all-up-rounds for the US Navy.

Under the contract, which also has options that bring the total award value to more than $105m, the navy is expected to receive 25 RAM Block 2 missiles during the programme's integrated testing phase.

"By taking a very aggressive flight-test path during this stage, we are in an excellent position to begin RAM Block 2 Navy integrated testing later this year."

Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line vice president Rick Nelson said: "By taking a very aggressive flight-test path during this stage, we are in an excellent position to begin RAM Block 2 Navy integrated testing later this year."

RAM Block 2 is an upgrade of its predecessor and a supersonic, lightweight, quick reaction missile.

Updates to the RAM Block 2 involves a four-axis independent control actuator system, passive radio frequency seeker, a digital autopilot and engineering changes in selected infrared seeker components.

Co-developed and co-produced by the US and Germany under the international cooperative programme, the RAM guided-missile weapon system can strike against anti-ship cruise missiles, helicopter and airborne threats as well as hostile surface craft.

The RAM missile is currently deployed as an integral self-defence weapon onboard more than 100 ships for the navies of Egypt, Germany, Greece, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE and the US.


Image: RAM launcher fires a surface-to-air intercept missile onboard USS Green Bay. Photo: US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 1st class Larry S Carlson.