ESSM Missile

Evolved Seasparrow Missile – Versatile Defense at Sea and Ashore

The ESSM® guided missile is an international cooperative upgrade of the RIM-7 Seasparrow Missile. It provides self-defense battlespace and firepower against high-speed, highly maneuverable anti-ship missiles in the naval environment.

Developed by the U.S. Navy and nine of the other 11-member nations of the NATO SEASPARROW Consortium, the ESSM missile is bringing transformational anti-ship missile defense capabilities to the U.S., NATO and other allies. Members of the Consortium include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United States.

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ESSM missile moves from water to land
Raytheon Missile Systems, along with a global industrial partnership, has introduced an initiative that expands the missile’s original mission from sea-based to a ground-based air defense arena. In a ground-based application, the ESSM missile will build on the proven capabilities of the ship-based application by providing the same air defense capability against the full threat spectrum, including enemy aircraft and missiles.

The ESSM guided missile is the third Raytheon missile to be successfully fired from the NASAMS™ launcher (joining the AMRAAM® air-to-air missile and AIM-9X Sidewinder™ missile). The benefits of adding the ESSM missile to Ground-Based Air Defense are:

  • Extended range.
  • An additional complementary capability.
  • Rapid integration and procurement for nations that already have the ESSM missile in their naval inventory.

With more than 2,000 proven rounds in service or in production and another 1,500 rounds anticipated based on customer requirements, the ESSM missile will likely be supported through 2030 and beyond.

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