Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




MISSILE NEWS
US Navy Fires Raytheon Griffin Missile From RAM Launcher
by Staff Writers
National Harbor, MD (SPX) Apr 20, 2012


The Griffin enables the warfighter to engage targets via a user-friendly graphic interface and guide the weapon to the target using GPS coordinates or laser designation.

The U.S. Navy achieved a first when it fired Raytheon's combat-proven Griffin B missile from a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher.

"Griffin enables sailors to defend against small, fast-moving surface craft employed by pirates and other non-traditional threats," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Air Warfare Systems product line.

"Griffin provides warfighters with a powerful capability that is ready today without the time and expense of development because the weapon is mature, in production and combat proven."

During the demonstration, which took place late in the fourth quarter of 2011, a Griffin was fired from a land-based RAM launcher at a static target more than 3 kilometers (approximately 2 statute miles) away. The weapon, guided by GPS and laser, scored a direct hit on the target, achieving all demonstration objectives.

The Griffin missile is in production and integrated on the C-130 Harvest Hawk. Griffin A is an aft-eject missile designed for employment from non-conventional platforms such as the C-130 aircraft. Griffin B is a forward-firing missile that launches from rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and ground-launch applications.

The Griffin enables the warfighter to engage targets via a user-friendly graphic interface and guide the weapon to the target using GPS coordinates or laser designation. To maximize effectiveness, the user can choose to engage the target with height of burst, point detonation or fuze delay.

+ Griffin is 43 inches long, weighs 33 pounds and has a 13-pound warhead.

+ Griffin has been fired from C-130 platforms and most recently, a modified RAM launcher.

+ Griffin has a proven track record of successful rapid integration.

.


Related Links
Griffin B missile at Raytheon
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





MISSILE NEWS
S. Korea deploys longer-range missiles against North
Seoul (AFP) April 19, 2012
South Korea has deployed new cruise missiles capable of destroying targets such as missile and nuclear bases anywhere in North Korea, the defence ministry said Thursday. The ministry released a video clip of the test-launch of the missiles, saying they could hit "any place" in the North. "With such capabilities, our military will sternly and thoroughly punish reckless provocations by Nor ... read more


MISSILE NEWS
Winners of 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race Announced

Russian Space Agency eyes Moon explorations

Russia postpones Luna-Glob moon mission

Russia Plans to Launch Lunar Rovers to Moon after 2020

MISSILE NEWS
Asteroid Craters On Earth Give Clues In Search For Life On Mars

Opportunity Left-Front Wheel Stabilized

Photo Of NASA's Maven Spacecraft and Propellant Tank at Lockheed Martin

Dark regions on Mars may be volcanic glass

MISSILE NEWS
Parachutes for NASA crew capsule tested

NASA Announces 16th Undersea Exploration Mission Dates and Crew

Dwindling US Space Budget Worries Scientist

Tim gets his feet wet

MISSILE NEWS
China's Lunar Docking

Shenzhou-9 may take female astronaut to space

China to launch 100 satellites during 2011-15

Three for Tiangong

MISSILE NEWS
Commercial Platform Offers Exposure at ISS

Learn to dock ATV the astronaut way

Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb-Emission Sounder (SMILES)

Busy first days for ATV Edoardo Amaldi

MISSILE NEWS
SpaceX said eyeing Texas launch site

Lockheed Martin Names New Leader for Commercial Launch Services Business

A double arrival for Arianespace's next dual-payload Ariane 5 mission

Another weather satellite payload is readied for launch by Arianespace

MISSILE NEWS
Some Stars Capture Rogue Planets

ALMA Reveals Workings of Nearby Planetary System

UF-led team uses new observatory to characterize low-mass planets orbiting nearby star

When Stellar Metallicity Sparks Planet Formation

MISSILE NEWS
US judge allows tech 'poaching' suit to proceed

Hollywood studios lose landmark download case

Raytheon's Space Fence System Detects and Tracks Space Objects

Greenpeace says cloud computing 'dirty'




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement