IDEX 2017

Marking a decade of partnership [IDEX17D4]

22 February 2017

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) and Raytheon have celebrated the 10th anniversary of their partnership in a ceremony alongside the UAE Navy Baynunah corvette Al Hili on the NAVDEX waterfront.

Pictured are Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei, chief executive of ADSB, and Chris Davis, president of Raytheon UAE Inc. “We have established an excellent working relationship with Raytheon over the last 10 years and look forward to continuing our partnership in the years ahead,” said Dr Al Mazrouei at the presentation event.

ADSB is the prime contractor for the six-ship Baynunah corvette programme.

Al Hili, the final vessel of the class, was formally commissioned at the NAVDEX show on 20 February.

Raytheon Missile Systems has provided the self-defence weapon fit for the Baynunah class vessels.

This comprises the RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile system (fired from Mk 56 vertical launchers fitted either side of the hangar) and the RIM-116B Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM). The latter is fired from an 11-round Mk 49 Mod 3 trainable launcher fitted atop the hangar.

While RAM was not part of the original Baynunah combat system baseline, the UAE General Head-quarters and the UAE Naval Forces decided to add the latest RAM Block 1A system to provide the ships with an additional layer of self-defence.

Raytheon in December 2006 concluded a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) with ADSB, valued at more than $80 million, for seven Mk 49 Mod 3 guided launcher systems. This marked the start of the partnership between the two companies.

The new Arialah class offshore patrol vessels being delivered by ADSB are also being equipped with RAM. In this case, each ship features an 11-round Mk 49 Mod 2 launcher.

The UAE recently concluded a DCS contract with Raytheon to buy the latest Block 2 version of RAM.

The evolved Block 2 missile has a larger rocket motor, a new control actuation system and an enhanced RF receiver.

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