Naval Weapons

Navy League 2019: Raytheon tests rocket motor for MAD-FIRES interceptor

07 May 2019

Raytheon Missile Systems announced the successful completion of a hot fire rocket motor for US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Multi-Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) on 6 May.

The MAD-FIRES programme is designed to improve ship survivability in high-threat environments, and aims to mature technologies associated with a 30–57 mm guided projectile combining the precision and accuracy of guided missiles with the speed, rapid fire, and depth of a gun weapon system.

The interceptor is being developed to rapidly and accurately engage multiple waves of anti-ship missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other threats.

Speaking to Jane’s at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space exposition, John Beaver, Advanced Naval Programmes, Raytheon, said the projectile “performed exactly as we hoped it would” during the recent rocket motor test.

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