Raytheon and the US Navy (USN) are gearing up for two key live test events for the RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 programme.
Planned to occur on the Self-Defence Test Ship (SDTS) by the end of the first quarter of this year, Guided Test Vehicle-1 (GTV-1) and GTV-2 will exercise the new Block 2 guidance section in flight for the first time. Successful completion is a pre-requisite for a Milestone C approval to start low rate initial production (LRIP).
The ESSM Block 2 programme is a co-operative effort between the USN and its 11 NATO SeaSparrow Consortium partners (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey) to develop an upgraded ESSM ‘front-end’ to enter service from 2020 to counter the evolving anti-ship cruise missile threat.
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