Enhanced ESSM capability demonstrated

May 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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WALTHAM, Mass., May 15 (UPI) -- An Evolved SeaSparrow Missile by Raytheon demonstrated enhanced capabilities during a firing from a U.S. Navy Self-Defense Test Ship.

In the test, the ESSM kinetically destroyed a high-diving, supersonic threat, Raytheon said.

"The success of this firing, highlighted by a skin-to-skin intercept, is a direct result of a series of enhancements to what is truly an international missile," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.

"Thanks to our multinational team's commitment to continuous improvement, each consortium member gains valuable protection for their fleets based on ESSM's interoperability with a wide range of combat systems."

It is part of the Navy's layered defense capability for protection against high-G maneuvering anti-ship cruise missiles, supersonic high-diving threats and low-velocity air threats and surface threats.

Its usefulness for ground forces has also been recently demonstrated.

Companies from 10 countries have partnered with Raytheon to expand its capabilities, including kinematics for reduced time to destroying a target.

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