TEWKSBURY, Mass., Jan. 27, 2005 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's
Complementary Low Altitude Weapon System (CLAWS) completed a series of guided
missile flight tests with a resounding direct hit, annihilating the surrogate
cruise missile target. Flight tests were conducted at White Sands Missile
Range, N.M. supported by elements of the 3rd LAAD (3rd Low Altitude Air
Defense Battalion) and MACS 23 and 1 (Marine Air Control Squadrons 23 and 1).
The completion of these flight tests marks the end of development testing.
This test demonstrated the complete "Family of Systems" architecture. The
large volume air picture was provided by the TPS-59 radar and AN/TYQ-23
Tactical Air Operations Module. Close air picture and tracking data were
provided by the ThalesRaytheonSystems MPQ-64 Sentinel Radar. Command and
control, with air picture and track correlation, was performed by the Marine
Air Defense Communications Platform updated with the Raytheon Solipsys Multi-
Source Correlator Tracker and Tactical Display Framework. Fire control and
launch were by the CLAWS launcher. Intercept was by the Raytheon Missile
Systems AIM-120 AMRAAM.
"This test truly demonstrated Raytheon's maturity as a Mission Systems
Integrator. In this case, we integrated fielded equipment with minimal
development items to rapidly provide the warfighter a much needed capability,"
said Dan Smith, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.
CLAWS is an all-weather, highly mobile, high firepower air defense system
for the Marine Expeditionary Forces. The system uses the High Mobility
Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle as its platform and the AIM-120 AMRAAM as its
interceptor. CLAWS is block fielded as the Marine variant to the Ground
Launched AMRAAM common launcher program.
Based in Tewksbury, Mass., Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader
in mission systems integration. With a strong international and domestic
customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Armed
Forces, Integrated Defense Systems provides integrated air and missile defense
and naval and maritime warfighting solutions.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an
industry leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, space,
information technology, technical services, and business and special mission
aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs more than
78,000 people worldwide.
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/