Royal Thai Navy joins nations using Evolved SeaSparrow Missile
Raises user total to 13 international fleets
CRYSTAL CITY, Va., Jan. 14, 2013
CRYSTAL CITY, Va., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Royal Thai Navy has
signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government to purchase
nine Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles for its two Naresuan frigates currently
undergoing overhauls and upgrades. This LOA increases the total ESSM user
community to 13 nations.
The Royal Thai ESSMs will be fired from an MK 41 eight-cell vertical launch
system using an MK 25 Quad Pack canister. This capability will allow for up to
32 ESSMs on each ship.
"This agreement brings the enhanced kinematics of the ESSM to the Royal Thai
Navy's inventory and provides unsurpassed defense against a new generation of
threats," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval
and Area Mission Defense product line. "The addition of the ESSM will provide
the Royal Thai Navy an unmatched ship self-defense capability, as well as
allowing the fleet to take advantage of future spiral evolutions of the
With 18 industrial partners representing 10 nations, ESSM is the world's
premier international cooperative missile production program. ESSM is a key
component of Raytheon's portfolio of products that provides a global layered
defense capability to meet the needs of diverse platforms, combat system
design and theaters of operation. Recently a ground-launched version of ESSM
was introduced to apply the same solutions against late-detect and highly
capable threats on land as found in the sea-based missile. Testing is under
way on this ground-launched variant.
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electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
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