Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy have shown the ability of light to destroy missiles Griffin rapidly moving small boats, reports ASDNews September 27.
During the 1st test of the rocket ship system Griffin MK-60 was launched from the coastal side of the ship class Cyclone («Cyclone») on remote-controlled boat simulator. «Trial operation Griffin missiles and MK-60 complex provide our requirements for this class of weapons,» said managing applets inclusive shipboard weapons systems the U.S. Navy Capt. Mike Ledner (Mike Ladner). Tests were carried out on the sea landfill Mugu (California).
«Rocket Griffin perfectly suited to protect Navy ships from the growing threats from small boats. Rocket absolutely developed, it is easy and clear. Its design takes into account the requirements to minimize collateral damage and to maximize combat effectiveness, «says vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems Harry Schulte (Harry Schulte).
Complex MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin missile armed with a laser guidance system and ensures destruction of boats outside the fire small-caliber guns. «Griffin» can be used with different platforms (land, sea and air). In warfare variant used Griffin AGM-176A, launched from fodder launchers platforms such as aircraft fire support to the AU-130. The missile has a length of 43 inches (1.1 m), weight 33 pounds (15 kg) with a warhead weighing 13 pounds (about 6 kg), is in production.
The complex has a normal management interface and guides the missile to the target using GPS satellite guidance or only using laser designation. To ensure the highest mortality operator can hit a target with a direct hit or altitude explosion over the target warhead detonation in a collision or a time delay.