Raytheon demon­strates Grif­fin Block III mis­sile


Raytheon Com­pany demon­strated its lat­est vari­ant of the com­bat­proven Grif­fin mis­sile, the Grif­fin Block III, through­out a se­ries of test shots cul­mi­nat­ing in sev­eral di­rect hits against a va­ri­ety of static and mov­ing tar­gets.

“The Grif­fin is al­ready well known for its abil­ity to de­stroy tar­gets with pin­point ac­cu­racy us­ing an ad­vanced GPS and semi-ac­tive laser guid­ance. The Grif­fin Block III in­tro­duces an im­proved semi-ac­tive laser seeker and a new Mul­ti­Ef­fects War­head Sys­tem that max­imises the weapon’s lethal­ity against a va­ri­ety of tar­gets,” said Mike Jar­rett, Vice Pres­i­dent of Air War­fare Sys­tems with Raytheon Mis­sile Sys­tems. “Block III’s en­hance­ments will im­prove the warfighter’s abil­ity to en­gage a broad set of static and fast­mov­ing tar­gets with as­sured con­fi­dence and greater per­for­mance.”

The Grif­fin mis­sile’s new seeker adds en­hanced elec­tron­ics and sig­nal pro­cess­ing to im­prove per­for­mance in the most chal­leng­ing sce­nar­ios and ex­pands the em­ploy­ment foot­print. Pro­duc­tion of the Grif­fin Block III mis­sile is cur­rently un­der­way and the com­pany ex­pects it to serve as the core weapon for cur­rent and fu­ture Grif­fin users.

The Grif­fin mis­sile is a multi-plat­form, multi-ser­vice weapon with a proven track record for suc­cess­ful rapid in­te­gra­tion on land, sea and air as­sets. The Grif­fin AGM-176A is an aft-eject mis­sile de­signed for em­ploy­ment from plat­forms such as the C-130 air­craft. SP

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