U.S. Navy deploys Raytheon SM-6 for first time
"We're very pleased to achieve initial operational capability on schedule," Capt. Mike Ladner, the Surface Ship Weapons major program manager, said. "The SM-6, with its ability to extend the battle space, truly offers improved capability for the warfighter. I'm very proud of the entire STANDARD Missile team on this historic achievement."
The SM-6 gives extended range protection against fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, drones and cruise missiles. The missile's interceptor uses the airframe and propulsion from Standard Missiles, with advanced signal processing and guidance control of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.
"This is a monumental moment for the SM-6 program and signifies a new era of fleet defense for our naval warfighters," Taylor Lawrence, the president of Raytheon Missile Systems, said. "The SM-6 significantly improves the sailor's ability to strike at various targets at extended range."
Raytheon received low-rate production contracts to provide approximately 50 SM-6 interceptors to the U.S. Navy. In September, Raytheon received a $243 million contract to supply 89 SM-6 interceptors, which started full-rate production.
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