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SeaGriffin demonstrates dual-mode seeker abilities

15th July 2014 - 10:23 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Raytheon SeaGriffin missile has completed a guided flight test to demonstrate the effectiveness of the system’s semi-active laser guidance system, and the missile's ability to capture images from a newly-added imaging infrared seeker (IIR).

The tests, conducted as part of work to demonstrate the missile's readiness as the Surface Warfare solution for US Navy's Littoral Combat Ships Surface-to-Surface Missile Module, saw a SeaGriffin missile launched from an integrated surface launch system and provide streaming video from its IIR seeker through an on-board datalink. The scenario, which used a small boat as its target, saw command and control operators able to use the datalink for target verification before the missile hit target.

Thomas Bussing, vice president of Advanced Missile Systems, Raytheon, said: ‘In busy littoral waters, target discrimination is critical so friendly ships aren't mistakenly engaged. Raytheon is developing SeaGriffin with a dual-mode seeker to give our warfighters the target discrimination and accuracy they need for countering swarming boat threats in this high-traffic environment. We are also working to significantly extend its range to meet navy requirements.’

In late 2013 SeaGriffin's extended range capability was demonstrated when the missile successfully navigated away from the target, then flew to and struck the target well beyond Griffin's operational range.

SeaGriffin will add significant capability to the current Griffin B Block II variant that is currently fielded on US Navy Patrol Coastal vessels, including an extended range motor that will nearly triple its range, dual-mode IIR/SAL seeker, datalink for in-flight target updates, vertical launch and vector  thrust control, and waypoint navigation.

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