Raytheon, Chemring Group conduct successful live-fire test from CENTURION launcher

Raytheon Company, a Louisville, Kentucky-based technology company, announced on Tuesday the successful firing of a Raytheon Javelin missile from the multirole CENTURION launcher during a live-fire test in England.

Chemring Group, acting through Chemring Countermeasures, developed the CENTURION launcher as part of an effort to develop a naval anti-surface capability for ships of various sizes. The low-cost, anti-surface missile system uses various Raytheon missiles.

The successful test used Raytheon's Javelin missile, a one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided missile and surveillance weapon system.

"We're bringing an entirely new dimension to ship self-defense by providing a sea-based, inside-the-horizon platform protection," Rick Nelson, the vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' naval and area mission defense product line, said. "Chemring's CENTURION launcher, when coupled with Raytheon's combat-proven missiles, offers an evolutionary capability to defeat surface threats with this One System-Multiple Missions technology."

The test also employed Chemring's CENTURION launcher and the ship's sensors for initial target detection, tracking and identification.

"The progression towards the full integration of a suite of Raytheon missiles with the CENTURION launcher, which can also deploy anti-ship missile countermeasures and anti-torpedo decoys, is a key goal towards the fielding of a multi-warfare discipline protection system that will be eminently suitable for small ships through to major combatants," Mark Papworth, the chief executive of Chemring Group, said. "This important milestone keeps the program on track to deliver a low-cost, effective and versatile solution."

Chemring provides high technology electronics and energetic products to more than 60 countries throughout the world. Raytheon Company employs 68,000 employees worldwide and specializes in defense, security and civil markets.