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Raytheon tests rocket motor for MAD-FIRES interceptor

10th May 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon has successfully tested a hot fire rocket motor for DARPA's Multi-Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES), the company announced on 6 May.   

The MAD-FIRES interceptor has been designed to provide US Navy ships with the ability to defend themselves against multiple wave threats such as anti-ship missiles and UAS.

If fielded, the capability will combine the speed, rapid fire and depth of a gun weapon system with the precision and accuracy of guided missiles.

Thomas Bussing, VP, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems, said: ‘The navy is asking for leading-edge capabilities that can take out rapidly approaching targets, and Raytheon's interceptor for the MAD-FIRES programme will deliver. This test shows Raytheon is right on track to provide an affordable, advanced technology to the fleet.’

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