Air Platforms

ESSM Block 2 completes GTV-1 flight test

20 July 2018

Raytheon and the US Navy (USN) have successfully executed a first guided flight test of the RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile.

Performed from the US Navy’s (USN’s) Self-Defense Test Ship (SDTS) in June, the Guided Test Vehicle-1 (GTV-1) event saw the new Block 2 guidance section exercised in flight for the first time.

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 counter the evolving anti-ship cruise missile threat.

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