Navy asks Raytheon to produce Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 for shipboard missile defense

May 15, 2018

Military Aerospace:

WASHINGTON – Shipboard missile-defense experts at the Raytheon Co. will provide the U.S. Navy and U.S. allies with the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 to protect ships from incoming missiles under terms of a $242.1 million contract announced Friday.

RAM is a ship self-defense weapon designed to provide protection for ships of all sizes, ranging from 500-ton fast attack craft to 95,000-ton aircraft carriers. Friday’s contract is for the RAM Block 2 guided missile round pack, missile ordnance alterations, and spare parts.

A supersonic, lightweight, quick-reaction, fire-and-forget weapon, the RAM system is designed to attack enemy helicopters, aircraft, and surface craft. It uses passive RF and infrared guidance for engaging several threats simultaneously.

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