US weapon manufacturer Raytheon announced it has delivered a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher for the Mexican Navy’s long-range off-shore patrol vessel (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance, or POLA).
The RAM Block 2 supersonic, quick reaction, fire-and-forget missile to counter enemy anti-ship missiles. This latest version features a larger rocket motor, advanced control section and an enhanced radio frequency receiver.
The US state department approved the sale of RAM missiles and MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes to Mexico in January 2018. A total of 23 Block II (RAM) tactical missiles were approved for sale.
Raytheon says this was the first delivery of a RAM product to a Latin American country.
“RAM Block 2 protects ships against a long list of constantly evolving threats,” said Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Air and Missile Defense Systems vice president. “With RAM protecting its frigate, Mexico not only enhances its maritime posture, but they also expand their naval support of national security and defense of critical sea lanes.”
The Mexican Navy POLA OPV is based on Damen’s SIGMA 10514 vessel design and measures 107 meters in length. It is set to be launched in November this year. Further outfitting and trials will proceed in 2019 while delivery and commissioning are expected in 2020.