Surface Combatant Weapon System

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile

 

 

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile ESSM

 

 

ESSM was developed by the U.S. Navy in cooperation with an international consortium of other NATO partners plus Australia. ESSM is a short-range, semi-active homing missile that makes flight corrections via radar and midcourse data uplinks. The missile provides reliable ship self-defense capability against agile, high-speed, low-altitude anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), low velocity air threats (LVATs), such as helicopters, and high-speed, maneuverable surface threats. ESSM is integrated with a variety of U.S. and international launchers and combat systems across 10 different navies.

ESSM has an 8-inch diameter forebody that tapers to a 10-inch diameter rocket motor. The forebody includes a guidance section uses a radome-protected antenna for semi-active homing and attaches to an improved warhead section. A high-thrust, solid-propellant 10-inch diameter rocket motor provides high thrust for maneuverability with tail control via a Thrust Vector Controller (TVC).

ESSM’s effective tracking performance and agile kinematics result from S- and X-band midcourse uplinks, high average velocity and tail control, increased firepower through a vertical “quad pack” launcher, and greater lethality with a warhead designed for defeating hardened ASCMs.
 
Background:
ESSM is a cooperative effort among 10 of 12 NATO Sea Sparrow nations governed by a Production Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and multinational work-share arrangement. In addition to the United States, ESSM Consortium Members include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Turkey.

The first production ESSM was delivered in late 2002 to the U.S. Navy by Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) and has been in full operational use in the U.S. since 2004. ESSM is fired from the Mk-29 trainable launcher, Mk-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS), Mk-57 VLS (DDG 1000), Mk-48 Guided Missile VLS (Canadian, Greece, Japan), and Mk-56 Dual Pack ESSM Launching System (Danish Navy) configurations by the U.S. Navy, NATO, and other Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. ESSM interfaces with the Aegis (DDG 51 and CG 47 classes), NSSMS (LHD and CVN classes), Ship Self-Defense System (LHA-6 and future CVN classes), Total Ship Computing Environment (DDG 1000), ANZAC (Royal Australian Navy), Dutch Configuration (various European Navies), FLEXFIRE (Danish Navy), and APAR (various European Navies) combat systems.
 

 
General Characteristics:
Primary Function: Surface-To-Air and Surface-To-Surface radar-guided missile.
Contractor: Raytheon Missile Systems, Tuscson, Ariz.
Date Deployed: 2004
Unit Cost: $787000 - $972000 depending on configuration
Propulsion: NAMMO-Raufoss, Alliant (solid fuel rocket)
Length: 12 feet (3,64 meters)
Diameter: 8 inches (20,3 cm) – 10 inches (25,4 cm)
Weight: 622 pounds (280 kilograms)
Speed: Mach 4+
Range: more than 27 nmi (more than 50 km)
Guidance System: Raytheon semi-active on continuous wave or interrupted continuous wave illumination

Warhead: Annular blast fragmentation warhead, 90 pounds (40,5 kg)

 

Launching:

Mk-29 missile launcher

Mk-41 Vertical Launching System (VLS)

Mk-48 Vertical Launching System (VLS)

Mk-57 Vertical Launching System (VLS) (DDG-1000 class)

 

Users:

- US Navy: CVN, LHA, LHD, DDG, CG
- Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, UAE

 

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RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile ESSM was fired from a Mk-29 missile launcher aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was fired from a Mk-29 launcher aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

 

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile ESSM was fired from a Mk-29 missile launcher

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was fired from a Mk-29 launcher aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

 

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile was fired from a Mk-29 missile launcher

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was fired from a Mk-29 launcher aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

 

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile was fired from Mk-29 missile launcher

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was fired from a Mk-29 launcher aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

 

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was fired from a Mk-29 launcher aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77)

 

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile ESSM mk-29 launcher

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was fired from a Mk-29 launcher aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

 

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile ESSM fired from mk-29 launcher

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was fired from a Mk-29 launcher aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

 

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile ESSM

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) was fired from a Mk-29 launcher aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)

 

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile ESSM

 

RIM-162 evolved sea sparrow missile essm

 

 

RIM-162 ESSM was loaded into a Mk-29 missile launcher aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77)

 

rim-162 evolved sea sparrow missile essm reload into mk-29 launcher

RIM-162 ESSM was loaded into a Mk-29 missile launcher

 

 

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