Raytheon upgrades missile software
The upgrades are being added to the program in the company's facility in Tucson, Ariz. Though specific details are classified information, the upgrades will allow for increased ballistic and defensive capabilities without dismantling the system.
"We're proving it's possible to significantly improve the SM-3 Block IB's capability without having to go through the process of breaking apart the missile and then rebuilding again," Dr. Mitch Stevison, the Standard Missile-3's senior program director, said. "Software updates are inherently less risky and extremely cost effective."
These missiles are utilized to take down incoming ballistic threats from outer space. The newest missiles feature infrared seekers and an improved propulsion system. According to the announcement, they have the force equivalent to a 10-ton truck travelling at 600 mph.
In the announcement they state that the software-enhanced missiles will enter the testing process later this year.
Raytheon Company is a software and technology developer that focuses on defense and security applications and has presence in military and civil markets globally. In 2014, sales reached $23 billion; it currently employs 61,000 individuals. The company has created missile systems and other related technology.