Raytheon plans live missile firing

Raytheon announced on July 16 that it plans to conduct a live missile firing of the multi-role CENTURION launcher.

The live missile firing will be conducted at the Defence Training Estate on Salisbury Plain and will take place sometime in the fourth quarter of 2013. Raytheon will be testing the CENTURION missile launcher's tracking, target detection and identification.

"Our plan is to launch a missile to help prove our capability against a maneuvering surface threat such as a fast, swarming attack craft," Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line, said. "Chemring's CENTURION launcher, coupled with a number of Raytheon's combat-tested missiles, brings an entirely new dimension to ship self-defense to provide a sea-based, inside-the-horizon platform protection system."

Raytheon will be acting through its missile systems business, along with Chemring Group. The missiles being fired are designed to counter fast inshore attack craft, which are usually difficult to lock on to.

"This progression towards integrating CENTURION with Raytheon missiles to deliver a low-cost, effective and versatile solution to increase naval platform protection is a significant milestone," Mark Papworth, chief executive of Chemring Group, said. "This multimission single-launch platform solution can be installed on a wide variety of surface ships and provides defensive protection in both blue water and the littorals, contributing to the layered defence philosophy against a wide range of threats."