Raytheon: Largest RAM agreement for German navy
Raytheon was awarded a $155.6 million contract to manufacture Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles for delivery to the German navy. It represents the largest single RAM award by Germany.
RAM is a cooperative program between the U.S. and German governments with industry support from Raytheon and RAMSYS of Germany. The contract calls for production work to be shared between both companies.
"This sale is the result of more than 35 years of unmatched testing achievements and capability improvements," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "It complements the $100 million RAM Block 2 production contracts with the U.S. Navy signed in 2012 and follows our company's 11 critical Block 2 development test flights. RAM is on solid footing to begin government testing in May."
The RAM Block 2 upgrade includes a four-axis independent control actuator system and an increase in rocket motor capability, increasing the missile's effective range and delivering a significant increase in maneuverability. The improved missile also incorporates an upgraded passive radio frequency seeker and a digital autopilot.