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    Raytheon Company and its German industry partner, RAMSYS, completed missile upgrades and integration testing as part of the Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 program. The partnership completed five control test vehicle flights and met all upgrade requirements for Block 2. The missile is expected to begin guided flight tests later in 2011, followed by the program entry low rate production in late 2012.

    RAM has been continually improved to stay ahead of the ever-evolving threat of anti-ship missiles, helicopters, aircraft and surface craft. RAM Block 1 incorporated a new image-scanning seeker with the added capability of autonomous IR all-the-way guidance, thus countering advanced anti-ship missiles that do not employ on-board radar seekers. Enhanced digital signal processing further provides increased resistance to countermeasures and superior performance in severe IR background conditions. An advanced optical target detection device is incorporated to detect very low sea-skimming threats. The Block 1A configuration incorporated additional signal processing capabilities to defeat helicopters, aircraft and surface craft. Block 1A is in rate production for the Consortium countries and the other countries procuring RAM. Photo: Raytheon

    RAM Block 2 features enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, a new rocket motor and an upgraded autopilot system. These improvements enable the missile to outpace evolving threats.

    RAM is a supersonic, lightweight, quick reaction, fire-and-forget missile providing defense against anti-ship cruise missiles, helicopter and airborne threats, and hostile surface craft.

    Block 2, the next step in the spiral development of the Rolling Airframe Missile, is a kinematic and RF receiver upgrade. A larger, more powerful rocket motor and advanced control section make the missile three times more maneuverable with twice the effective intercept range. This provides the Block 2 missile with the capability to defeat high-maneuver threats as well as the ability to intercept crossing threats. An enhanced RF receiver allows detection of anti-ship missiles that employ low probability of intercept radars. Photo: Raytheon


    Lockheed martin has outlined new activities in the field of Ground Combat Vehicles it is developing as a prime contractor or under cooperation with other primes. Among these activities are the developments of lethality and electronic architecture for the British Scout Specialist Vehicle, and Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) on both programs Lockheed martin has joined forces with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS). For the US Marine Corps Medium Personnel Carrier (MPC) program Lockheed Martin is also offering a derivative of the Patria 8×8 AMV, designed for amphibious operation.

    Lockheed Martin is involved with land systems developments for over three decades, with most of the work focused on tracked and wheeled platforms supporting the MLRS program and its derivatives (MLRS, HIMARS, MLRS repair and recovery vehicle. The company is also involved in two major equipment programs in the U.K., namely the Scout SV program, for which they design and develop the turret, weapon systems and electronic architecture, and the Warrior Capability Sustainment program (WCSP) the later program is still awaiting UK MOD approval as Lockheed Martin remains the sole bidder on this program. The Warrior and Scout SV will share the same turret, saving considerably on development logistics and training costs.

    Lockheed Matrin and Patria are offering an amphibious version of the Advanced Modular Vehicle (AMV) for the U.S. marine corp Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) program. A marinse corps request for proposal is expected within by year's end. The photo above was taken in Finland in 2002, as part of the vehicle's amphibious capability demonstrations.

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