LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - High-tech missile defense for our military doesn't get any more sophisticated than what's built right here in Louisville. With rocket like speed, the employees of Raytheon came through for the United States Navy.
The SeaRAM has protected American ships and those of our allies for more than five years by providing a high-level shield for a ship with guided missiles. Then last year an urgent request came for American ships to put the SeaRAM system off the coast of Spain.
A year later, there was a successful test firing.
Raytheon Vice President Dr. Taylor Lawrence said, "I knew the team here in Louisville could step up to the challenge and have the skill and experience to get it done quickly, as he said, in record time for any kind of government program."
U.S. Navy SeaRAM Program Manager Capt. Craig Bowden said, "The contribution of these two systems makes SeaRAM the Navy's best defense against the most stressing anti-ship threats our sailors face throughout the world today."
And the need for such superior technology will mean another hundred jobs at Raytheon in Louisville in the next few years.
Republican Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell said, "I can't tell you how proud I am to see in my hometown this kind of extraordinary innovation in defending our ships and our allies around the world."
The SeaRAM can fire off 11 $1 million missiles to take out such supersonic and subsonic threats - everything from cruise missiles and drones to helicopters.