Raytheon's RAM missile upgraded and ready for U.S. NavyNews
June 20, 2019
PARIS AIR SHOW. The U.S. Navy successfully completed a series of guided flight tests for Raytheon's RAM Block 2A short-range, surface-to-air missile. Testing occurred at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, Calif., and from the Navy's self-defense test ship off the Southern California coast.
RAM is a ship self-defense weapon that protects ships of all sizes. It's deployed on more than 165 ships in 11 countries, ranging from 500-ton, fast-attack craft to 95,000-ton aircraft carriers. The latest software upgrade enhances guidance and the missile's capability to defeat threats.
According to the company, the Block 2 variant is the latest evolution in the development of the RAM missile and has a larger rocket motor, advanced control section and an enhanced RF receiver capable of detecting the quietest of threat emitters.
Raytheon expects to deliver the RAM Block 2A missile to the Navy by the end of 2019.
RAM is an international cooperative program between the United States and Germany. Raytheon and the German company RAMSYS share development, production and maintenance costs.