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RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)
Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile.gif
Type Medium-range surface-to-air missile
Place of origin  United States
Service history
In service February 2004 aboard USS Chafee[citation needed]
Used by Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey and the US[1]
Production history
Manufacturer Raytheon
Unit cost $800,000[3]
Produced September 1998- 1000th missile delivered 25 August 2009[2]
Specifications
Weight 620 lb (280 kg)
Length 12 ft (3.66 m)
Diameter 10 in (254 mm)

Warhead 86 lb (39 kg) blast-fragmentation
Detonation
mechanism
Proximity fuze

Engine Mk 143 Mod 0 solid fuel rocket
Operational
range
27+ nm (50+ km)
Speed Mach 4+
Guidance
system
Midcourse datalink
Terminal semi-active radar homing
Launch
platform
Mk 41 VLS (RIM-162A/B)
Mk 48 VLS (RIM-162C)
Mk 29 box launcher (RIM-162D)[4]

The RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) is a development of the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile used to protect ships from attacking missiles, aircraft and surface threats.[5] ESSM is designed to counter supersonic maneuvering anti-ship missiles. Compared to the Sea Sparrow, ESSM has a larger, more powerful rocket motor for increased range and agility, as well as upgraded aerodynamics using strakes and skid-to-turn. In addition, ESSM takes advantage of the latest missile guidance technology, with different versions for Aegis/SPY-1, Sewaco/APAR, and traditional target illumination all-the-way. ESSM also has the ability to be "quad-packed" in the Mk 41 VLS system, allowing up to four Sea Sparrows to be carried in a single cell.

ESSM will be used by many allied countries. The first country to achieve operational status for ESSM after the United States was Australia. Other countries which have also integrated the ESSM are Canada, Germany, Greece, Japan, Denmark, The Netherlands,and Norway. Countries in the process of integrating ESSM are New Zealand, Spain, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Operational history

US operational evaluation was conducted in July 2002 aboard USS Shoup (DDG-86). Initial operational capability did not occur until later.[6]

The first "kill" by the RIM-162D from a carrier's Mk 29 launcher was achieved during a training exercise by the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on 7 October 2008.[7]

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