Germany approves Raytheon naval defense missile system


The German parliamentary budget committee has approved the purchase of 600 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2B for the German Navy.

The surface-to-air missile system will be delivered between 2024 and 2029 at a cost of 561 million euros ($552 million).

The RAM is a ship’s self-defense system designed to protect ships from multiple aerial targets simultaneously, including anti-ship missiles, helicopters, aircraft, and surface vehicles.

The Supersonic Guided Missile System consists of the MK 44 Missile Pack and the MK 49 Guided Missile Launch System, which contains 21 missiles.

Improves Missile Maneuverability Doubled

Developed by RAMSys and Raytheon, the RAM Block 2 variant features a “larger rocket motor, an advanced control section, and an improved radio frequency receiver capable of detecting the quietest of threat emitters.” according at Raytheon.

The upgrades increase the missile’s maneuverability two and a half times and extend its intercept range by 50%.

Additionally, the system can be easily integrated into many ships, using existing ship sensors to acquire targeting and pointing information to engage anti-ship threats.


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