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Raytheon and Abu Dhabi Ship Building advance their decade-long partnership

A Rolling Airframe Missile is fired from a UAE Navy’s Baynunah class corvette ship. (Photo: UAE Navy)

It's an upgrade that means a stronger defense.

The UAE Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority’s Arialah offshore patrol vessels will soon carry the Rolling Airframe Missile guided system, the world's most modern ship self-defense weapon.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building and Raytheon revealed the upgrade during a partnership celebration at the 2017 International Defence Exhibition Conference in Abu Dhabi.

As the only shipbuilder in the UAE, Abu Dhabi Ship Building is a significant economic entity in the region and the UAE Navy’s prime provider of maritime logistics support. For the past 10 years, the two companies have consulted with one another on the design and development of future variants and new ship classes.

“Looking forward, I think it’s fair to say that our next decade of partnership will be even more productive than the last,” said Alan Davis, director of Raytheon’s Short-Range Defense Systems.

Since 2006, Raytheon has worked with Abu Dhabi Ship Building to add RAM missiles, Evolved Seasparrow Missiles and launchers to the UAE’s Baynunah class of ships.

Both companies acknowledge the partnership is about much more than selling weapon systems and building ships—it’s about protecting the UAE Navy.

“In the next 10 years, we’ll continue to expand our cooperation to ensure the UAE Navy is equipped and ready for whatever challenges emerge," said Chris Davis, president of Raytheon International Inc. in the UAE.

The ADSB and Raytheon collaboration is the first indigenous program of its type in the Middle East, where ships are built and weapons systems are integrated in tandem.

As the mega-shipbuilder cuts steel to build a ship, Raytheon engineers work closely with the local team to install the launcher and weapons system.

The integration work culminates with live-fire testing. Prior to test events, a Raytheon team spends between five to nine days at sea with the UAE Navy, checking the launcher and completing dry runs.

“An effective partnership creates value for all of the involved parties,” said Brad Watters, director of Raytheon’s UAE Armed Forces customer account. “We are just getting started.”

This document does not contain Technical Data or Technology controlled under either the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations or the U.S. Export Administration Regulations. E17-S596

Last Updated: 06/19/2017

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