U.S. Navy deploys Raytheon SM-6 for first time

Raytheon Company said on Monday that the United States Navy is deploying the Standard Missile-6 for the first time, marking the operational capability milestone for the Navy's newest, extended range area defense weapon.

"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.

Raytheon Company develops electronics and mission systems integration in command, control, communications and intelligence systems, in addition to mission support services.

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