NATO SEASPARROW

The NATO SEASPARROW Project is a joint international military and industrial consortium with the distinction of being the largest and longest running cooperative smart defense initiative in NATO history.

NATO SEASPARROW

For fifty years, the NATO SEASPARROW Project has delivered on its mission to provide navies with an effective self-defense capability against some of their most serious threats.

NATO SEASPARROW

Since its inception in 1968, the NATO SEASPARROW Project has had one pursuit – perfecting anti-ship missile defense capabilities through continued technology improvement.

NATO SEASPARROW

From ambitious beginnings, the NATO SEASPARROW Project has grown to meet new and evolving threats and to exemplify the concept of a smart defense initiative.

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Project News

“NATO SEASPARROW Project Conducts Successful Flight Test of ESSM BLOCK 2”

POINT MUGU, Calif. – The NATO SEASPARROW Project Office recently conducted a successful flight test of the Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ESSM) Block 2, intercepting a BQM-74E aerial target, the U.S. Navy announced, July 5.

The test is the first ESSM flight test to utilize the new Block 2 active guidance seeker-head. ESSM Block 2 will employ both semi-active and active guidance to meet current and anticipated future threats.

This test follows the successful completion of two Controlled Test Vehicle flight tests in June  2017 and is the first in a series of live fire tests that will lead to the ESSM Block 2 missile entering production.

“This flight test is critical to demonstrating the technology for the ESSM Block 2,” said Capt. Bruce Schuette, project manager for the NATO SEASPARROW Project. “I am very proud of the entire NATO SEASPARROW Project Team, from our industry partners to our field activities and test facilities, for all the extensive work that went into making this event a success.”

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