Raytheon and the US Navy conducted test-firing of four blast test vehicles for measuring launch forces of the weapon system in late 2001. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raymond D. Diaz III. The above-deck system weighs 16,901lb. Popular Mechanics participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Minnamurra Could This Army Weapon Bring Back the Battleship? It automatically performs search, detection, acquisition, tracking, engagement, and threat evolution of enemy threats and offers protection to ships, and has a range of about one mile. 18.104.22.168 00:19, 16 October 2006 (UTC) Yes, it can be reloaded by the crew. The Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) MK-31 guided missile weapon system is co-developed and co-produced under a NATO cooperative program between the … To save costs, Designation Systems notes that the RAM was designed to use several existing components, including the rocket motor of the MIM-72 Chaparral, the warhead of the AIM-9 Sidewinder, and the Infrared seeker of the FIM-92 Stinger. Naval War College. This number will grow as vessels of the LPD-17 San Antonio Class and Littoral Combat Ships enter the US Navy, and the LCS will sport an upgraded SeaRAM system that will include its own integrated radar and IR sensors. According to The National Interest, the U.S. Navy seeks a way to reload its vertical launch system silos at sea. Layered defenses protect navies around the world. An affordable capability upgrade, the SeaRAM above-deck system fits the footprint of the Phalanx system, uses the same power and requires minimal modification. The end of tanks? The above update is a recent abstract from our full article, itself part of our subscription offering. Military Times reporter Todd South walks through how a conflict with the Chinese may start and what it would mean for each branch of the armed forces. But an assertive China and resurgent Russian maritime ambitions are moving Navy leadership back toward conventional warfare tenets. Is it possible for a ship's crew to reload the RAM launcher on their own (ie without port facilities or a tender ship)? The RAM Block 2 configuration incorporates a larger rocket motor, an advanced control section and an improved RF receiver. As TNI notes, one possible solution may be to equip ammunition ships traveling with the fleet with robotic arms that can pluck a missile canister out of the ship's hold and gingerly slide it into a surface warship. Cranes were installed on the earliest cruisers in the 1980s to assist with reloading, but it remained time-consuming and perilous. There is no easy solution here. In the new, post-Cold War environment without a peer competitor naval power to challenge it, the Navy wasn't going to expend a large number of missiles in battle. RAM is a cooperative program between the US and German governments with industry support from Raytheon and RAMSYS of Germany. After the end of the Cold War, Navy brass moved away from preparing a fleet that would have to fight it out on contested seas, according to James Holmes, a professor of strategy at the U.S. The introduction of the Mark 41 vertical launch system changed all of that. The missile system was buil… The reload involves a small platform/crane assembly that appears to attach to/around the RAM and then the missiles are reloaded manually using the small crane.