RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile

Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile
Function
Surface to air missile
Manufacturer Raytheon
Guidance
  • Midcourse: datalink
  • Terminal: semi-active radar homing
Power Plant
Mk 143 Mod 0 solid fuel rocket
Weight 280 kilograms
Diameter
254mm
Length
3.66 metres
Range >50 kilometres
Speed
>Mach 4
Usage

The RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) is an international venture being undertaken to develop and produce an improved version of the RIM-7P NATO SeaSparrow Missile. The ESSM has enhanced speed and manoeuvrability compared to the original SeaSparrow. The ESSM is launched from the Mark 41 Vertical Launching System installed in the Adelaide class guided missile frigates, Anzac class frigates and the new Hobart class guided missile destroyers.