Raytheon to outfit Navy with defense systems
LOUISVILLE, Ky., 19 May 2012. The U.S. Navy will be upgrading shipboard defense systems. Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) has been selected to upgrade nine Phalanx close-in weapon systems and manufacture two SeaRAM anti-ship missile defense systems.
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SeaRAM combines attributes of the Phalanx close-in weapon system and the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) guided weapon system. SeaRAM enables the ship to engage multiple high-performance, supersonic and subsonic threats. An 11-missile RAM launcher assembly replaces Phalanx’s 20 mm gun. SeaRAM combines RAM’s accuracy, range and high maneuverability with the Phalanx Block 1B sensors' high resolution search-and-track and quick-response capability. SeaRAM provides larger range than Phalanx for dealing with aerial threats such as aircraft and anti-ship missiles.
SeaRAM is currently used on the USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4), and is planned for deployment with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.