The U.S. Navy has started operational use of a naval weapon system that includes a Raytheon-built missile built to safeguard patrol vessels against smaller adversarial boats.
The MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System combines Raytheon’s AGM-176A technology with the Navy’s launch and battle management platforms, Raytheon said Tuesday.
Mike Jarrett, vice president for air warfare systems at Raytheon, said the initial operating capability status is meant to validate the system’s anti-small boat defense qualities.
The 43-inch-long Griffin missile works to integrate onto ground, maritime and aerial platforms, according to Raytheon.
Raytheon designed an aft-eject and forward-firing variants of the weapon.