US Navy tests RAM Block 2A missile
The US Navy has successfully completed a series of guided flight tests of the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2A short-range, surface-to-air missile, Raytheon announced on 19 June.
The testing, which took place at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California, and from the navy's self-defence test ship off the coast of Southern California, demonstrated the missile’s improved guidance and targeting capabilities.
RAM is a ship self-defence weapon designed to protect ships of all sizes, from 500-ton fast attack craft to 95,000-ton aircraft carriers. The latest software upgrade enhances guidance and the missile's capability to defeat threats.
Raytheon expects to deliver the RAM Block 2A missile to the navy by the end of the year.
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