Raytheon Aiming To Connect Datalink, SM-3 Interceptor; George Mavko Comments

RaytheonLogoRaytheon has performed trials on an upgrade to its Standard Missile-3 ballistic missile interceptor aimed at helping European navies update the defensive weapon.

A demonstration at the Den Helder military test range in the Netherlands last week aimed to show how radars used by the German, Danish and Dutch navies provide target information to the SM-3, George Mavko of Raytheon told Bloomberg.

Mavko serves as director of European missile defense at the Cambridge, Mass.-based missile maker.

“This is a first step to bring those ships into compatibility with the missile defense mission,” he told Bloomberg.

Robert Wall writes the test evaluated a datalink intended to help the interceptor to receive signals from both Aegis combat ships and the Thales SA radar system found on Dutch frigates.

Bloomberg reports the Dutch navy contributed some funds for the upgrade trials.

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