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USN plans 'raid' upgrade ECP for RAM Block 2

18 August 2017

The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans for a further update of the RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 ship self-defence missile, as part of efforts to improve performance against complex multi-missile raids.

Known as the RAM Block 2B Raid Engineering Change Proposal (ECP), the upgrade embodiment will introduce an upgraded seeker and missile-to-missile link (MML) capability.

Achieving initial operational capability (IOC) in May 2015, the RAM Block 2 missile represents a substantial improvement over RAM Block 1 through the incorporation of kinematic and sensor upgrades, designed to expand the missile's engagement envelope, so as to defeat more manoeuvrable and higher-speed anti-ship cruise missiles.

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