Raytheon SeaRAM Poised to Offer Next-Generation of Anti-Ship Missiles

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August 30, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: August 30 on

Raytheon is positioning itself to offer key missile defense assets that fill coverage gaps on the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ships and new frigates, including upgraded surface-to-air missiles and new anti-ship and land attack missiles.

The defense contractor is in talks with the service to field the sea version of their rolling airframe missile (SeaRAM) on multiple ship classes, and will begin developing a new anti-ship strike missile with Norwegian contractor Kongsberg in 2017, officials told reporters Aug. 15. The naval strike missile is one of three weapons expected to compete in the Navy”s over-the-horizon missile program for the LCS and future frigate program.

The SeaRAM, which was originally developed for littoral combat ships, was recently installed on four Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyers stationed at Naval Station Rota, in Spain, as part of the Navy”s 6th Fleet.