Raytheon's Griffin® missile demonstrates maritime protection capabilities
Missile defeats fast-moving targets
TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 27, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and
the U.S. Navy demonstrated the Griffin^® missile's combat proven capabilities
in a maritime environment by successfully engaging fast-moving small boats
from various platforms throughout a series of at-sea tests.
During one of the tests, the MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System was
integrated on a Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal-class ship, where the missile was
employed against remote-controlled boats simulating a threat to the ship.
"The Griffin missile and the MK-60 System provide the accuracy and lethality
required to meet the requirements of our operational testing," said Capt. Mike
Ladner, major program manager of Surface Ship Weapons, U.S. Navy Integrated
Warfare Systems 3.0 program office.
The most recent test, conducted at the Navy's Point Mugu, Calif., sea test
range, marked the completion of a quick reaction assessment that will lead to
fielding of the Griffin missile on forward deployed Patrol Coastal ships later
"The Griffin missile is ideally suited for protecting Navy ships against the
increasing small boat threat," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Air
Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Griffin is fully developed,
lightweight and precise. It is designed with confined lethality to minimize
collateral effects and maximize operational effectiveness."
The MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System includes a proven laser
targeting system as well as a Navy-designed launcher and battle management
system featuring the Griffin missile. This system will provide the Navy's
Patrol Coastal class ships with their first operational capability against
small boat threats outside of current gun range.
The Griffin missile is a multi-platform, multi-service weapon that has a
proven track record for successful rapid integration with land, sea and air
assets. The combat-provenGriffin AGM-176A is an aft-eject missile designed
for employment from platforms such as the C-130 aircraft. The Griffin BGM-176B
is a forward-firing missile that launches from rotary- and fixed-wing
aircraft, ground-launch applications and maritime platforms. The Griffin
missile is 43 inches long, weighs 33 pounds, has a 13-pound warhead, and is in
Griffin enables the warfighter to engage targets via a simple user interface
and guide the weapon to the target using GPS coordinates exclusively or with
laser designation. To maximize lethality, the user can choose to engage the
target with direct attack or high impact angle, and has the option of using
height of burst, point detonation or delayed fuzing.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
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,
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