TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 6, 2004 /PRNewswire/ -- In its second guided flight
test, Raytheon Company's Complementary Low Altitude Weapon System (CLAWS)
successfully intercepted a BQM-74 surrogate cruise missile target at White
Sands Missile Range, N.M. All mission objectives were met.
This test demonstrated the system kill-chain, with target acquisition and
track by the Thales-Raytheon MPQ-64 Sentinel Radar; command and control by the
Marines Air Defense Communications Platform updated with the Raytheon Solipsys
Multi-Source Correlator Tracker (MSCT) and Tactical Display Framework; fire
control and launch by the CLAWS launcher; and finally, intercept by the AIM-
120 AMRAAM. Participating in the test were the higher echelon TPS-59 radar
and AN/TYQ-23 Tactical Air Operations Module, which will provide the air
picture for MSCT correlation on the third and final flight test.
"This test harnessed the elements of the CLAWS Family of Systems and
demonstrated a capable, working architecture that will give us an advantage on
the battlefield," said Major Steve Grass, project lead, Marine Corps Systems
Command. "This is a can-do team -- people who make things happen. We are
looking forward to taking the next step."
As with this flight test the Marine user has been fully involved in the
design, development and test of the CLAWS launcher, providing user feedback,
rapid decisions and oversight. For this flight test tactical operations were
performed by the Marine 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion and the Marine
Air Control Squadron 1. Test support was provided by the Marine Corps
Tactical Systems Support Activity.
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 will be the first block fielded as the Marine variant to
the Army/Marine 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. armed forces and the U.S. Missile Defense
Agency, Integrated Defense Systems provides integrated solutions for the air,
surface and subsurface battlespace.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 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 more than 78,000 people
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
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