According to a recent company news release, Raytheon’s “Griffin C” increased capability missile has successfully completed flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, demonstrating its “In-Flight Target Update” (IFTU) capability when it was redirected to a new target in mid-flight.
Raytheon says IFTU is a vital component for naval forces facing swarming boat threats that often intermingle with friendly and neutral shipping. They’ve now completed Griffin C’s development phase linking the new dual-mode seeker, data link and IFTU. Overall, the Griffin C went three-for-three during its flight tests, validating the successes of integration testing and other embedded software testing efforts throughout its development.
Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, vice president of Advanced Missile Systems at Raytheon Missile Systems, said in the release, "With its extended range motor, Griffin C's increased capability addresses the need for a longer range missile with in-flight retargeting. Because they often operate in a high-traffic, littoral waters, naval warfighters must make split-second decisions to engage or disengage targets. By enhancing an already tested and fielded system, we can deliver a missile with significantly improved capabilities at lower costs and risk."
Griffin C is designed to add increased capability to the Griffin B Block II variant that is currently fielded on U.S. Navy Patrol Coastal vessels. Enhancements the Griffin C will offer include an extended range motor that will triple the range of the current Griffin B, vertical launch with 360 degree coverage, thrust vector control, waypoint navigation, and more.
As capabilities are built up existing models software updates, they should undergo thorough integration testing to ensure changes haven’t done damage to existing code.
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