RAM is a fire-and-forget guided missile for close-in defence of ships against anti-ship missiles, aircraft, helicopters and surface threats. The weapon system is characterized by high fire power and short reaction times. It is a highly efficient defence system for countering manifold threats, particularly in coastal regions.
The new RAM Block 2 guided missile possesses an upgraded radar seeker and achieves considerably higher agility than previous-generation RAM missiles. This performance profile ensures the RAM weapon system´s outstanding protective capability against current and future threats facing naval forces.
Within the RAM Block 2 program, Diehl Defence is responsible for production of the infrared seeker including image processing software as well as for integration of the guidance and control section and the launch canister.
Nearly 200 launch canisters and over 4,500 RAM Block 0 and 1-missiles have been produced so far and delivered to naval forces worldwide. Next to the trans-Atlantic cooperation partners Germany and the United States, the naval forces of Egypt, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates rely on the RAM weapon system´s protective capability.
Following successful conclusion of the development phase, the RAM-System GmbH (RAMSYS) was awarded a procurement contract for 445 state-of-the-art RAM Block guided ship-defence missiles for the German Navy in March 2013. The new missiles will be delivered to the German Navy between 2016 and 2019 replacing older RAM Block 0 missiles, which have reached the end of their lifecycle after 20 years.