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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 1,000
Unitary Cost: USD$640,000
Also Known As: Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, MK 29, MK 57, RIM-162, RIM-162B and RIM-162D
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: ESSM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 1,000
Total Cost: USD$396 million
Family Members: ESSM Block II
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Description: The ESSM is an international cooperative upgrade of the RIM-7 NATO Sea Sparrow missile. It provides increased battlespace against high-speed, highly maneuverability, anti-ship missiles. The ESSM missile can be launched through Mk 25 Quad-Pack canister for the Mk 41 VLS or single pack for the Mk 29 launcher and Mk 48 Guided Missile Vertical Launching System (GMVLS). The missile shipping container is known as the MK783.
The new Sea Sparrow is a tail-controlled missile with thrust vector control , highly maneuverable with increased range. It features inertial guidance and command midcourse navigation with options for S-band and X-band data link, Home all the way and Sample Data Homing terminal guidance. The partners of the multinational ESSM project are : the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain and Turkey. On June 8, 2006, Raytheon was awarded a contract with a maximum value of $21.5 million for development, test and delivery of MK 57 and MK 29 NATO SeaSparrow missile systems. The upgraded MK 57 is the missile system variant deployed aboard aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.
In late April 2004, Raytheon was awarded a $233 million full-rate production contract of 368 missiles and spares for Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and the United States of America. The contract should be completed by October 2006. In early May 2005, Raytheon received a contract modification from the Pentagon to procure 251 ESSM missiles, 38 shipping containers and spares worth around $163 million with deliveries due to complete by October 2007.

ESSM Applications

Carrier & Landing Ships CVN 68 Nimitz LHA 6 America LHA 8 Corvettes & Missile Boats Baynunah Destroyers & Cruisers DDG 1000 Zumwalt DDG 51 Flight I DDG 51 Flight II DDG 51 Flight IIA KDX-II Frigates 25DD Akizuki F100 Alvaro de Bazan F124 Sachsen F310 Fridtjof Nansen F370 FFG 7 Oliver Hazard Perry Halifax LCF MEKO 200 MEKO A-200 AAW MEKO A-200 ASW Rocket & Missile Launchers Mk 25 Quad Pack Mk 56 Ship Air Defense Systems AEGIS

ESSM Orders


ESSM items 2002-2013

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0,2002 0,2003 190,2004,190 0,2005 2,2006,2 32,2007,32 0,2008 104,2009,104 28,2010,28 0,2011 110,2012,110 52,2013,52

ESSM Specifications

Diameter: 200 millimeter
Length: 3.64 meter
Wingspan: 1 meter
Warhead: 90 kilogram
Weight: 225 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 29 news between
25 Aug 2003 and 29 Oct 2015
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Thursday, October 29, 2015FMS: Thailand Seeks Evolved Seasparrow Missiles
Tuesday, October 20, 2015FMS: Saudi Arabia Requests Four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant Ships
Tuesday, May 14, 2013ESSM Missile Intercepts High-Diving Threat
Monday, January 14, 2013Royal Thai Navy Orders Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles
Wednesday, August 8, 2012FMS: Thailand Wants Nine ESSM Missiles
Thursday, August 2, 2012Evolved SeaSparrow Program Delivers 2,000th Missile
Monday, July 9, 2012Norway Fires First Ground-based ESSM from NASAMS Launcher
Thursday, February 2, 2012BAE Systems Signs New Contract for ESSM on Behalf of Australia
Tuesday, January 10, 2012Raytheon Awarded $212.8 Million for Evolved Seasparrow Missile
Tuesday, September 13, 2011Scalable CEAFAR Next-Generation Phased Array Sensor System Demonstrated Successfully

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