Navy asks Raytheon for more Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2A anti-air missiles for shipboard defense

April 13, 2021

Military & Aerospace Electronics:

Shipboard missile-defense experts at Raytheon Technologies Corp. will provide the U.S. Navy and U.S. allies with the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 and 2A to protect ships from incoming missiles under terms of a $130 million order announced late last month.

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington are asking the Raytheon Missiles & Defense segment in Tucson, Ariz., to provide RAM Block 2 and 2A guided missile round packs, spare parts, and recertification.

RAM is a ship self-defense weapon designed to protect ships of all sizes, ranging from 500-ton fast-attack craft to 95,000-ton aircraft carriers. This order combines purchases for the U.S. government, Japan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

A supersonic, lightweight, quick-reaction, fire-and-forget anti-air, 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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