Raytheon, Chem­ring Group de­vel­op­ing naval ca­pa­bil­ity


Raytheon Com­pany, act­ing through its mis­siles sys­tems busi­ness, and Chem­ring have agreed to de­velop a naval ca­pa­bil­ity to de­fend against sur­face tar­gets, for use on ships rang­ing in size from small pa­trol boats to large com­bat­ants. “This ini­tia­tive com­bines Chem­ring’s in­no­va­tive multi-mis­sion launcher, Cen­tu­rion, with a va­ri­ety of Raytheon’s com­bat-tested mis­siles to pro­vide a sea-based, in­side-the-hori­zon de­fen­sive sys­tem,” said Rick Nel­son, Vice Pres­i­dent of Raytheon Mis­sile Sys­tems’ Naval and Area Mis­sion De­fense prod­uct line. “Our RaytheonChem­ring team will com­bine a mul­ti­func­tion de­coy and mis­sile launcher with world-class mis­siles and ex­ist­ing ship sys­tems to pro­vide a new mis­sion ca­pa­bil­ity to meet our cus­tomers’ spe­cific self-de­fence needs.”

Cur­rently in the in­te­gra­tion en­gi­neer­ing phase, live-fire test­ing of the new mis­sion de­fence sys­tem is sched­uled for mid-2013. Test­ing is ex­pected to in­clude at least two dif­fer­ent mis­siles in or­der to es­tab­lish a multi-mis­sion ca­pac­ity against ma­noeu­vring sur­face threats such as fast in­shore at­tack craft.

The so­lu­tion to counter fast in­shore at­tack craft con­sists of a va­ri­ety of Raytheon mis­siles with ranges matched to the in­tended tar­get. The mis­siles will be fired from the Chem­ring Cen­tu­rion launcher, with ini­tial tar­get de­tec­tion, track­ing and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­vided by the ship’s sen­sors.

“Our shared goal is to gen­er­ate a low-cost, ef­fec­tive and ver­sa­tile so­lu­tion to in­crease naval plat­form pro­tec­tion,” said Mark Pap­worth, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Chem­ring Group. “Thanks to a lay­ered-de­fence ap­proach cap­i­tal­is­ing on the ver­sa­til­ity of the Cen­tu­rion launcher and Raytheon’s mis­siles, users will have a multi-mis­sion ca­pa­bil­ity us­ing a sin­gle-launch plat­form.”

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