Raytheon Company will install the SeaRAM anti-ship missile defense weapon system
on General Dynamics' Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). SeaRAM is the latest addition
to Raytheon's world-class ship self-defense suite combining the Phalanx Block 1B
close in weapon system and the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) guided missile
SeaRAM is a low-cost spiral development of the proven Phalanx Block 1B and RAM,
the latter produced jointly by Raytheon and RAMSYS of Germany. Intended to
enlarge Phalanx's keep-out range against sea-skimming anti-ship missiles, SeaRAM
utilizes enhanced Phalanx sensors and replaces the M61A1 20 mm gun with an
11-round RAM missile guide. In addition, SeaRAM will likely bring the first U.S.
Navy implementation of the RAM Block 1A Helicopter, Aircraft, and Surface (HAS)
capability to the fleet.
In May 2004, the U.S. Navy announced General Dynamics would develop a detailed
LCS design, with the provision for construction of a prototype of this new
high-speed surface ship for delivery in 2006. The General Dynamics LCS features
an innovative trimaran hull enabling the ship to reach sustainable speeds of
nearly 50 knots and range as far as 10,000 nautical miles.
In 2001 Raytheon provided an engineering model of SeaRAM to the United Kingdom's
Royal Navy for suitability testing. In 2002 Raytheon, in conjunction with the
U.S. Navy, successfully launched four blast test vehicles, which measured rocket
motor forces. The launches also confirmed SeaRAM's forward-looking infrared
sensor can withstand multiple launches without damage.
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