“We accomplished this delivery record in 2010 by improving our already robust manufacturing and engineering processes and by responding to increased customer demand,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of Naval Weapon Systems at Raytheon Missile Systems. “This accomplishment is also a reflection of the efforts of our international partners throughout Europe, Canada and Australia and their contributions to the cooperative NATO SeaSparrow Project.”
Used by the U.S. and 11 other countries, ESSM was developed in a joint partnership with 12 nations. The system is a mid-range , all weather, semiactive, radar guided surface to air and surface to surface missile, credited with more than 200 firings.
“ESSM remains central to the self-defense solution for the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet as well as other allied navy ship classes due to its superior performance, high firepower and mission versatility,” said Ed Roesly, Raytheon Missile Systems ESSM program director. “ESSM protects the fleets of the world as a leading solution for layered defense.”