Raytheon To Showcase Missile Killers, Ultra-Powerful Radars At Paris Air Show

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Raytheon To Showcase Missile Killers, Ultra-Powerful Radars At Paris Air Show
Raytheon's Standard Missile-3

Raytheon announced Wednesday that it will showcase missile-killing interceptors, hypersonic weapons, ultra-powerful radars, as well as a new approach to command and control at the Paris Air Show.

"The evolving cyber threat from sophisticated nation-state adversaries and criminal enterprises has led to global demand for cybersecurity solutions," said Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy.

Raytheon's showcase of products this year includes C5I as the Raytheon is expanding the military concept of C4I that is command, control, communications, computers and intelligence to emphasize cyber.

Another company’s product that will be displayed is Global Patriot Solutions. Poland has selected Patriot for its "Wisla" air and missile defense program, and could become the sixth NATO nation and 14th overall to field the system.

The company also displays Standard Missile-3, which is a ground-launched version of the short-to-intermediate-range ballistic missile interceptor. It is scheduled to be operational in Romania later in 2015 and in Poland in 2018. SM-3, traditionally launched from ships, launched successfully from an Aegis Ashore weapon system in 2014.

The company will also showcase hypersonic weapons. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently awarded a $20 million contract to the company to continue developing hypersonics, or highly maneuverable projectiles that can travel at speeds in excess of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound.

Another product displayed will be Excalibur. The 155 mm precision projectile, which can strike targets from 30 miles away when fired by modern launchers, has successfully fired from an M109A2/A3 howitzer. It is an early variant used by militaries around the world. During those tests, two rounds struck their targets from more than 20 kilometers, or 12 1/2 miles away.

Excalibur is used by the US Army, US Marine Corps and several international military forces including Canada, Australia and Sweden. Raytheon has also signed a letter of intent with the Polish missile and ammunition manufacturer MESKO to collaborate on future Excalibur improvements.

Another product to be displayed at Paris Air show is Next Generation Jammer. The Jammer will use active electronically scanned arrays and gallium nitride technology to provide the US Navy superior airborne electronic attack and jamming power. Next Generation Jammer is expected to fly on the Navy's carrier-based EA-18G fleet in 2021.

The Raytheon’s product display includes AMRAAM-ER.  This missile has undergone further testing to show it can fire from the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, a NATO-approved launcher used by the US, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands and Oman.

Raytheon has integrated the motor from the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile into the AMRAAM-ER, enabling the new missile to intercept targets at longer ranges and higher altitudes.

Raytheon would also like to showcase Small Diameter Bomb II, the newest version of this gliding, guided bomb that is in production. It has a seeker that can switch modes depending on battlefield conditions, finding its targets through obstructions such as darkness, smoke, fog and debris.

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