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Abu Dhabi, UAE (SPX) Feb 25, 2013
Raytheon acting through its Missile Systems business, and Chemring have agreed to develop a naval capability to defend against surface targets, for use on ships ranging in size from small patrol boats to large combatants.
A briefing was being held Tuesday at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX 2013, to discuss the development.
"This initiative combines Chemring's innovative multi-mission launcher, CENTURION, with a variety of Raytheon's combat-tested missiles to provide a sea-based, inside-the-horizon defensive system," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.
"Our Raytheon-Chemring team will combine a multifunction decoy and missile launcher with world-class missiles and existing ship systems to provide a new mission capability to meet our customers' specific self-defense needs."
Currently in the integration engineering phase, live-fire testing of the new mission defense system is scheduled for mid-2013. Testing is expected to include at least two different missiles in order to establish a multi-mission capacity against maneuvering surface threats such as fast inshore attack craft.
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"Our shared goal is to generate a low-cost, effective and versatile solution to increase naval platform protection," said Mark Papworth, chief executive of Chemring Group.
"Thanks to a layered-defense approach capitalizing on the versatility of the CENTURION launcher and Raytheon's missiles, users will have a multi-mission capability using a single-launch platform."
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