Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
and United States of America
Parent System: Mk 31 RAM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1993
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Mk-31 RAM, co-developed by the United States and Germany, is a shipboard anti-missile weapon system that provides high-firepower and multiple simultaneous engagement capability against incoming threats. It is suitable for ships of all-sizes. Up to 21 Mk-44 Guided Missile Round Packs and one Mk-49 Guided Missile Launching System comprise the Mk-31 RAM weapon system. Ship's sensors provide the necessary target and pointing data required to engage anti-ship missiles, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and surface craft.
The Raytheon company is upgrading the Mk-31 weapon system via missile software updates. The software updates, called the HAS upgrade, will enable RAM missiles to engage helicopters, aircraft and surface targets in addition to anti-ship missiles, which are the weapon system's primary target. HAS update will allow to conduct engagements even in high clutter environments. (HAS is after Helicopter , Aircraft and Surface craft)
The RAM weapon system is planned for installation, or already delivered and installed, on 83 US Navy and 28 German Navy ships. The Republic of Korea also has ordered RAM through four direct commercial sales awarded to Raytheon. The Greek Navy is the latest customer for the RAM weapon system with an in-service date expected soon, as of October 2004.
In October 2004, the Republic of Korea Navy ordered three RAM systems worth $25 million for the KDX-III class destroyers. These ships have been planned to be outfitted with US Navy's AEGIS weapon system.
Raytheon was awarded a $45 million contract March 22, 2005, for production of 70 launching canisters, 65 RAM Mk 44 Mod 3 all up round tactical guided missile round packs (GMRP), 25 RAM Block 1/HAS Telemeter GMRPs and associated equipment in support of the United States government. Production work was carried out in both partner countries by Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona (United States) and by RAMSYS GmbH in Ottobrunn (Germany). This contract was the eighth production installment featuring Block 1 GMRP configuration.
In February 2006 the Egyptian Navy selected the Mk 31 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) to protects its Ambassador III fast missile craft from aircraft, cruise missiles, high speed surface crafts and helicopters.
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