TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 17, 2005 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company successfully
fired two tactical ERGM (Extended Range Guided Munition) rounds at White Sands
Missile Range, N.M., Feb. 16.
Both rounds exited the gun after transferring through a severe gun
environment; additionally the tails erected and the rocket motor ignited.
Moreover, both rounds achieved stable flight, acquired and tracked GPS
satellites, developed in-flight navigational solutions, and guided to the
target area more than 40 nautical miles away. The first round flew into the
target arena and detonated the warhead.
"Meeting today's objectives with tactically configured rounds validate our
technical advancements in the component structure and set the stage for the
land based test flight series to begin," says David Martin, Raytheon
Projectiles product line vice president. "With the performance we saw today,
we've completed the final engineering flight test, gained valuable total
system performance data, and demonstrated a revolutionary capability that will
fill the gap in naval surface fires as soon as possible with one of the first
precision guided munitions to be fired from a gun."
Raytheon Missile Systems is the leading developer of guided projectiles
with Excalibur (155mm) and ERGM (5 inch) that will provide the precision U.S.
forces need on the battlefield as soon as possible. This family of precision-
guided munitions delivers rounds with great accuracy and avoids high incidents
of collateral damage while destroying an enemy in the complex urban or
mountainous environment. Excalibur and ERGM leverage many common components
and partner with suppliers to produce two low cost and reliable weapon systems
that meet or exceed all customer-defined requirements.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2004 sales of $20.2 billion, is an
industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/