Raytheon's Modular Missile Defense Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

As the number and variety of air, space, and surface-based threats to our naval fleets continue to proliferate, defending against them all is getting harder and harder. But equipped with this new unified threat detection system from Raytheon, our Arleigh Burke-class destroyers will know what's coming from 30 times… » 6/17/14 11:40am 6/17/14 11:40am

The Newest Tomahawk Is a Mighty Morphin' Cruise Missile

The Tomahawk is among the most widely used and effective conventional weapons in the US arsenal, especially since we began covertly launching them from the safety of submerged submarines during the Cold War. Recently, Raytheon debuted the latest upgrades to its newest generation of Tomahawks—cruise missiles smarter… » 3/06/14 11:40am 3/06/14 11:40am

This Multi-Launcher Spits Out Missiles Like a 12-Barrel Revolver

While the Phalanx has proven an immensely effective self-defense system for the US Navy, it's far from a watertight solution. To intercept incoming threats that the Phalanx can't handle, the US Navy is investing in a rotating missile-launcher that lobs a baker's dozen of self-propelled missiles at anyone dumb enough… » 12/13/13 11:40am 12/13/13 11:40am

Raytheon's New Real-Life Minesweeper Will Make Seas Safer for Sailors

Even though Iran has backed away from from its threats to lace the Strait of Hormuz with mines, militaries around the world (the US included) continue to employ the devices in large numbers—as much as 200 times as often as any other kind of maritime weapon. So, to augment the DoD's aging fleet of Avenger-class vessels… » 9/12/13 11:30am 9/12/13 11:30am

A Fleet of Blimps Will Soon Serve as a Missile Shield Over Washington

A still-chilling consequence of post-9/11 America is that we remain all too aware of the fact that we could be attacked at any moment. And so with worst case scenarios in mind, the military is constantly upgrading our defense systems in increasingly creative ways. Washington DC is next in line. It's getting blimps. » 7/24/13 10:35am 7/24/13 10:35am

The Sandwich-Sized Laser-Guided Smart Bomb

The AGM-114 Hellfire Missile packs a hell of a punch. However, at over five feet long with a 20-pound warhead, it's simply too big to fit on many UAVs, and it's too destructive for military's new targeted strike policy. So rather than let all those potential missile platforms go to waste, Raytheon just built a… » 7/17/12 11:30am 7/17/12 11:30am

Rocket Grenade Smashed to Bits In Flight By Quick Kill Defense System

We've written about the sci-fi sounding Army's Future Combat System » 11/21/08 6:37am 11/21/08 6:37am before, but the Army's just demonstrated a successful test of one of its components: the Quick Kill vehicle defense system. Check it out: the Raytheon system uses an electronically-scanned radar array to detect an incoming anti-tank rocket-propelled…