Raytheon has announced that the US Marine Corps' Complementary Low-Altitude
Weapon System (CLAWS) successfully completed its first live fire test scoring a
direct hit of the target drone at the US Army's White Sands Missile Range, New
The test objectives were achieved with the launcher in full tactical
configuration and a USMC unit operating the system. The CLAWS uses the combat
proven AIM-120 AMRAAM missile to provide all-weather, low-cost, affordable,
highly capable air defense capability to Marine Corps expeditionary combat units
on the ground.
The first CLAWS flight test will be followed by two more flight test aimed at
validating the weapon system components in realistic scenarios were the CLAWS
might be deployed. The CLAWS consists of the Raytheon IDS CLAWS launcher, the
Thales-Raytheon Sentinel radar system, the Raytheon Solipsys Multi-Source
Correlator Tracker and Tactical Display Framework, and the AIM-120 AMRAAM
missile as the interceptor.
This program is part of Raytheon IDS' Integrated Air Defense System product line
and will be the first block to be fielded as the Marine variant to the
Army/Marine Ground Launched AMRAAM launcher program. All the system's components
are mounted on the highly mobile HMMWV (Humvee) all-terrain vehicle.
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