Enhanced ship-defense missile aces first guided flight test

The U.S. Navy completed the first successful guided flight test of Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) ESSM® Block 2 intermediate-range, surface-to-air missile. The Block 2 variant was fired from the Navy’s self-defense test ship and scored a direct hit on an aerial target off the coast of southern California. The ESSM Block 2 missile will feature a new guidance system with a dual mode active and semi-active radar. The latest flight evaluation follows two successful test firings last year. “This guided test takes the ESSM into a new era,” said Todd…

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Finland – Evolved SEASPARROW Missiles (ESSM)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of sixty-eight (68) Evolved SEASPARROW Missiles (ESSM) and one (1) ESSM inert operational missile for an estimated cost of $112.7 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Finland has requested a possible sale of sixty-eight (68) Evolved SEASPARROW Missiles (ESSM) and one (1) ESSM inert operational missile. Also included are seventeen (17) MK25 quad pack canisters, eight (8) MK783 shipping containers, spare…

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Formidable Shield 2017 Concludes with Ship Engaging Supersonic Target

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a successful live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a supersonic target Oct. 17. This concludes exercise Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17), which began Sept. 24. Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) conducted Formidable Shield on behalf of the U.S. 6th Fleet. During the collective self-defense scenario, the Netherlands frigate HNLMS Tromp (F803) fired a Standard Missile (SM) 2 and an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) against the supersonic…

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Raytheon systems support complex international ballistic missile defense exercise

A Raytheon built Standard Missile-3 intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target at sea as part of a multinational operational exercise off the coast of Scotland. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 during Formidable Shield 2017. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy) The NATO-led exercise, Formidable Shield 17, was an integrated air and missile defense exercise simulating real-life threat scenarios. The event, supported by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy, was designed to evaluate the ability of allied navies’ ballistic missile…

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