The United Arab Emirates Navy has awarded US company Raytheon (Stand 03-B07) a multi-million direct commercial sale for an undisclosed amount of its Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAMs) Block 2, together with associated equipment, training and support.
RAM is a supersonic, lightweight, quick-reaction, fire-and-forget weapon designed to protect ships against anti-ship missiles, helicopters, aircraft and surface craft. The Block 2 variant, the latest evolution in the development of the RAM missile, has a larger rocket motor, an advanced control section and an enhanced RF receiver capable of detecting the quietest of threat emitters. The improvements make the missile two-and-a-half times more manoeuvrable, with one-and-a- half times the effective intercept range. This provides the Block 2 variant with the capability to defeat highly stressing threats, increasing the survivability of the defended ship.
“The Emirates want to protect the investment they’ve made in their naval forces, and that’s what RAM missiles provide,” said Chris Davis, president of Raytheon International Inc in the UAE.
According to Alan Davis, Raytheon’s director of short-range defence systems, the RAM Block 2 is ideal for the UAE Navy because it “defends against complex threats that are manoeuvring faster than other systems can defeat”.
The missiles will be used to protect the Emirates’ Baynunah-class corvettes, which are used by the UAE Navy for surveillance, interception, coastal patrol, helicopter operations and other security missions.
The RAM guided missile weapon system is currently deployed on more than 165 ships in eight countries.