Raytheon has successfully tested its new variant of the Griffin missile, the Griffin Block III, against a variety of static and moving targets.
During a series of tests conducted at an undisclosed location, the new variant demonstrated its improved performance and accuracy by directly destroying targets.
Designed for rapid integration on land, sea and air assets, the Griffin multi-platform, multi-service weapon offers flexible employment options for users through a simple, easy-to-operate, graphic user interface.
Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems vice-president Mike Jarrett said that the Griffin provides the ability to destroy targets with pin-point accuracy using an advanced GPS and semi-active laser guidance.
"The Griffin Block III introduces an improved semi-active laser seeker and a new multi-effects warhead system that maximises the weapon's lethality against a variety of targets," Jarrett said.
"Block III's enhancements will improve the warfighter's ability to engage a broad set of static and fast-moving targets with assured confidence and greater performance."
The new seeker of the Griffin missile enables enhanced electronics and signal processing to improve performance in the most challenging scenarios and expands the employment footprint.
Currently, the Griffin Block III missile production is underway while the company expects the missile to serve as the core weapon for current and future Griffin users.
The missile has been developed in two variants, namely the AGM-176A Griffin, an aft-eject missile intended for employment from C-130 aircraft, and a forward-firing Griffin BGM-176B missile that launches from rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, ground-launch applications and maritime platforms.
Installed on the US Air Force AC-130W Stinger II, US Marine Corps KC-130J Harvest Hawk, and the US Navy's Cyclone-class patrol coastal platforms, the missile has also been used by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Image: An AGM-176 Griffin missile launched from a ground-based tube. Photo: courtesy of the US Department of Defense.