Raytheon Company has been awarded a $25 million contract by the Republic of
Korea Navy (ROKN) to provide three Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided missile
weapon systems for three KDX-3 class destroyers to be built by 2010.
This is the fourth direct commercial sale involving RAM weapon systems awarded
by the Republic of Korea to Raytheon. RAM provides Republic of Korea Navy with
vital defense capability, as part of multi-layer defense layout, against
anti-ship missiles, helicopters, aircraft and surface craft. RoKN will be the
first navy in the World to integrate RAM onto an Aegis-equipped platform.
AM is a lightweight, quick reaction, ships self-defense missile system.
Currently in production, the Rolling Airframe Missile Block 1 is equipped with
an infrared seeker, advanced proximity fuse, and dual radio frequency/infrared
capability to better protect ships against incoming anti-ship missiles. The
Block 1 missile encompasses the HAS upgrade which allows to effectively engage
helicopters, aircraft and surface craft even in high clutter environments.
The HAS upgrade, in development, will retain all Block 1 missile capabilities
while adding advanced signal processing. Raytheon along with a German consortium
known as RAMSYS is developing and marketing the RAM weapon system. In addition
to the United States, Germany, and the Republic of Korea; RAM has been purchased
by the Greek Navy which will deploy the weapon system soon.
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