Raytheon demonstrates Griffin Block III missile
New variant provides improved performance, accuracy
CHINA LAKE, Calif., Feb. 19, 2014
CHINA LAKE, Calif., Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)
demonstrated its latest variant of the combat-proven Griffin^® missile, the
Griffin Block III, throughout a series of test shots culminating in several
direct hits against a variety of static and moving targets.
"The Griffin is already well known for its ability to destroy targets with
pin-point accuracy using an advanced GPS and semi-active laser guidance. The
Griffin Block III introduces an improved semi-active laser seeker and a new
Multi-Effects Warhead System that maximizes the weapon's lethality against a
variety of targets," said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Air Warfare Systems
with Raytheon Missile Systems. "Block III's enhancements will improve the
warfighter's ability to engage a broad set of static and fast-moving targets
with assured confidence and greater performance."
The Griffin missile's new seeker adds enhanced electronics and signal
processing to improve performance in the most challenging scenarios and
expands the employment footprint. Production of the Griffin Block III missile
is currently underway and the company expects it to serve as the core weapon
for current and future Griffin users.
The Griffin missile is a multi-platform, multi-service weapon with a proven
track record for successful rapid integration on land, sea and air assets.
TheGriffin AGM-176A is an aft-eject missile designed for employment from
platforms such as the C-130 aircraft. Griffin BGM-176B is a forward-firing
missile that launches from rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, ground-launch
applications and maritime platforms. The weapon's flexible employment options
of point detonate, delayed, and height of burst fuzing maximize user
flexibility. The Griffin air vehicle is 43 inches long, weighs 33 pounds,
utilizes a 13-pound warhead and is in production today.
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billionand63,000employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning92years, 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
ascyber securityand a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us
atwww.raytheon.comand follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
John B. Patterson
SOURCE Raytheon Company
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