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Raytheon's RAM Block 2 tested

May 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

TUCSON, May 31 (UPI) -- Raytheon's newest ship-defense missile, the Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2, has completed U.S. Navy first series of developmental and operational testing.

During tests at sea, the RAM 2 successfully engaged two targets in tactical dual-salvo scenarios.

Raytheon said four missiles were fired at maneuvering high-speed and subsonic targets and proved their capabilities.

"RAM Block 2's success in these developmental tests follows the completion of a series of guidance test vehicle flight tests," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "RAM Block 2's increased kinematic capability and its advanced guidance system will continue to give the warfighter an unfair advantage in the fight."

RAM is a supersonic, lightweight, quick reaction, fire-and-forget missile for use against airborne threats and surface craft. It features autonomous dual-mode, passive radio frequency and infrared guidance.

The RAM Block 2 upgrades include a four-axis independent control actuator system, increased effective range and better maneuverability. It also has an upgraded passive radio frequency seeker, a digital autopilot and engineering changes in selected infrared seeker components.

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