Raytheon’s Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) is making its grand transition from water to air. This is a medium-range, surface-to-air missile that is currently utilized by twelve NATO nations and the US Navy. Originally, this missile was used for self-defense and high fire-power from ships. Other uses include low velocity air threats (LVATs), high-diving threats, surface-based targets, and flying targets, such as aircrafts and helicopters. First trials took place on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. A recent upgrade was made to create the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Missile. This was made possible through a joint venture between the NATO Sea Sparrow consortium nations, which began in 1990 and includes the US, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain, Turkey, and the Netherlands. Equipped with a tail-control system and operable under a number of weather conditions, the ESSM performs with high speed and maneuverability. The missile is measured at 3.64 meters with a diameter of 254 millimeters and weight of 280 kilograms. The ESSM can be fired from a MK 57 VLS and MK 56 dual pack and loaded onto a MK 29 single pack and MK 48 guided VLS. Furthermore, the missile can be integrated onto the Aegis weapon system, Flexfire weapon control system, Total Ship Computing Environment, and the APAR combat system. In a recent agreement, the Raytheon Missile System has been awarded with a $517.3 million contract for the ESSM Block 2 upgrades. Further changes are to develop the ESSM for land use. For more than ninety years, Raytheon has been a leading American defense contractor for aerospace and electronics technology. With more than 63,000 employees worldwide, annual revenues have reached approximately $25 billion, most of which has been allocated towards military applications, such as the Standard Missile-2. Via our proprietary website Just NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Raytheon products
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