Raytheon, Chemring Group plan live missile firing for next phase of CENTURION® development

Raytheon, Chemring Group plan live missile firing for next phase of CENTURION®

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, July 16, 2013

- Anti-swarm capability key goal of collaborative work

- With Photo

LONDON, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), acting
through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring Group (LSE: CHG) are
finalizing plans to conduct a live missile firing of the multirole CENTURION®
launcher at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain during the fourth
quarter of 2013.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130716/NE46719 )

"Our plan is to launch a missile to help prove our capability against a
maneuvering surface threat such as a fast, swarming attack craft," said Rick
Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission
Defence product line. "Chemring's CENTURION® launcher, coupled with a number
of Raytheon's combat-tested missiles, brings an entirely new dimension to ship
self-defence to provide a sea-based, inside-the-horizon platform protection

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 would be fired from the Chemring CENTURION®
launcher, with initial target detection, tracking and identification provided
by the ship's sensors.

"This progression towards integrating CENTURION® with Raytheon missiles to
deliver a low-cost, effective and versatile solution to increase naval
platform protection is a significant milestone," said Mark Papworth, chief
executive of Chemring Group. "This multimission single-launch platform
solution can be installed on a wide variety of surface ships and provides
defensive protection in both blue water and the littorals, contributing to the
layered defence philosophy against a wide range of threats."

About Chemring Chemring is a market leading manufacturing business supplying
high technology electronics and energetic products to over 60 countries around
the world. Chemring has a diverse portfolio of products that predominantly
protect military people and platforms, providing insurance against a
constantly changing threat. These range from countermeasures to protect
aircraft, to ground-penetrating radar to protect troops and vehicles from
improvised explosive devices. 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 .

About Raytheon Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000
employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in
defence, security and civil 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 .

Media Contacts

Raytheon Company Missile Systems

London John Patterson+1.520.440.2194

Louisville , Ky. John Eagles+1.502.364.6768


Chemring Group Salisbury , U.K. Steve Kerchey +44 (0) 1722 428636


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