July 9 (UPI) -- The NATO Seasparrow Project Office has performed a successful flight test of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile Block 2, the U.S. Navy announced.
Raytheon received a $77 million contract in support of the program in May for further development and support of the weapon system as part of a transition to Block 2 production.
The ESSM surface-to-air missile is an international program to improve the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile. It is designed to provide point defense against incoming high-speed anti-ship missiles.
The upgrade is expected to provide extended range of over 30 miles and improved targeting abilities, as it is a standard point-defense missile on ships across the world.
Developed by the U.S., the missile has been widely exported. It is currently being updated by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United States.