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Raytheon’s military and civil markets surge ahead in Asia-Pacific

 

 
 
By Sangeeta Saxena Published:August 2012
 
 
 
   

Farnborough. Despite military budgets plummeting in Europe and American markets, missile major Raytheon has set its eyes on the outer space targeting Asia-Pacific region’s growing demand.

 

The company highlighted its ability to pursue targets into space while announcing a $636 million contract for exo-atmospheric kill vehicles, advances in its Standard Missile-3 and a new planning tool for Europe’s missile defense. The kill vehicle deal, announced at the Farnborough Air Show, calls for Raytheon to build more of the devices for Boeing’s Ground Based Interceptor rocket.

“When it comes to developing, testing and deploying technologies that enable the intercept of threats in space, Raytheon is a world leader,” said Wes Kremer, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Air and Missile Defense Systems product line.

Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 interceptor is the centerpiece of the Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe. Over the next decade, the plan calls for the deployment of increasing numbers of SM-3s at sea and on land to provide Europe, and ultimately the United States, with a strong missile defense shield.

The SM 3 has already demonstrated the US capability to as a satellite kill vehicle in ASAT role in 2008.

Kremer added, “It is currently deployed on U.S. and Japanese ships, SM-3 is designed to intercept and destroy threat ballistic missiles in space. Traveling at thousands of miles an hour, the SM-3 kill vehicle ejects from the missile’s nosecone and collides with the threat ballistic missile warhead – obliterating it. We are planning integration of SM-3 into NATO ships.”

With a success rate of nearly 90 percent SM-3 Block 1A is currently fielded and in production. The company is now developing SM-3 Block 1B and SM-3 Block 2A. Both of these new missile variants will provide even greater protection.

Raytheon also unveiled a new missile defense system architectural analysis tool designed to help identify the best ways to position current NATO assets in support of growing Europe’s integrated air and missile defense capabilities. The analysis tool was built leveraging Raytheon’s extensive knowledge of sensors, interceptors and command systems.

“The assets in place today provide Europe with an initial shield of protection, but NATO assets are needed to make that shield more robust. What this really does is gives us the ability to do what-if scenarios. We’ve developed this tool that allows us to look at the entire missile defense architecture and evaluate it, and understand those layers.

The analysis tool is flexible and can incorporate any element or geographical deployment to show the system’s effectiveness for various mission scenarios, Kremer told India Strategic at the Farnborough Airshow.

The company announced that Norway had successfully fired the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) from a National Advanced Surface-to-Air-Missile System (NASAMS) launcher. It’s the third kind of Raytheon missile that can be fired from NASAMS, the same system that protects the Washington D.C. area and other strategic installations and assets of the United States. Raytheon is also bringing new capabilities to the Hawk missile system. A recent test combined the Hawk XXI radar with the NASAMS launcher to fire the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile. The capability provides a path for the 17 countries using the Hawk to modernize their arsenals.

“These countries are trying to figure out how to improve their defenses, and we’re trying to offer affordable ways to go do that,” said Tim Glaeser, a vice president at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems. The same Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile that has been successfully used for naval air defense can now be ground-launched, Glaeser said.

In addition to the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, the NASAMS launcher can fire the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM, and the AIM-9X, the latest version of Raytheon’s famous Sidewinder. By firing different kinds of missiles “we improve the capability, we lower the cost, we increase the operational flexibility of the NASAMS weapon system,” Glaeser informed.

He informed India Strategic that Raytheon is excited about the opportunity to expand its business in India and before the end of the year a US government team should be in India which would be a favourable movement towards reiterating the requirement of Patriot and Hawk XXI for India’s military modernization programme.”

 
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