Raytheon, Chemring Group developing naval capability to defend against surface
Low-cost system relies on existing missiles and launcher
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 19, 2013
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon
Company (NYSE: RTN), acting through its Missiles Systems business, and
Chemring have agreed to develop a naval capability to defend against surface
targets, for use on ships ranging in size from small patrol boats to large
combatants. A briefing was being held Tuesday at the International Defence
Exhibition and Conference, IDEX 2013, to discuss the development.
"This initiative combines Chemring's innovative multi-mission launcher,
CENTURION^®, with a variety of Raytheon's combat-tested missiles to provide a
sea-based, inside-the-horizon defensive system," said Rick Nelson, vice
president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product
line. "Our Raytheon-Chemring team will combine a multifunction decoy and
missile launcher with world-class missiles and existing ship systems to
provide a new mission capability to meet our customers' specific self-defense
Currently in the integration engineering phase, live-fire testing of the new
mission defense system is scheduled for mid-2013. Testing is expected to
include at least two different missiles in order to establish a multi-mission
capacity against maneuvering surface threats such as fast inshore attack
Low Cost Anti-Surface Weapon System
The solution to counter fast inshore attack craft consists of a variety of
Raytheon missiles with ranges matched to the intended target. The missiles
will be fired from the Chemring CENTURION launcher, with initial target
detection, tracking and identification provided by the ship's sensors.
"Our shared goal is to generate a low-cost, effective and versatile solution
to increase naval platform protection," said Mark Papworth, chief executive of
Chemring Group. "Thanks to a layered-defense approach capitalizing on the
versatility of the CENTURION launcher and Raytheon's missiles, users will have
a multi-mission capability using a single-launch platform."
Chemring is a manufacturing business with facilities in seven countries
selling high-technology electronics and energetic products to over 60
countries. The company has a diverse portfolio of products protecting military
personnel and platforms against a constantly changing threat. Operating in
high margin, niche markets with short product development timescales, Chemring
has the agility to rapidly react to urgent customer needs. Adopting a balanced
strategy of organic growth and small bolt-on acquisitions, Chemring maintains
balanced geographic and market profiles, with a growing presence in non-NATO
countries. Strong research and development investment for new products and
improvements in technology allows Chemring to expand its addressable markets.
For more information, please visit www.chemring.co.uk.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.
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