SM-6 Block 1A Testing is Expected This Year
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Raytheon Missile Co. plans to test a new modification of its Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) this year, one that will add a precision guidance capability based on the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Speaking to reporters Jan. 10 at the Surface Navy Association’s National Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Thadeous Smith, Raytheon’s director of the SM-6 program, said the SM-6 Block 1A features GPS guidance and additional algorithms designed to make the missile against future threats, which he declined to specify.
Smith said he expects at-sea testing to begin in this year, as well as production of the first all-up round. Full-rate production is expected to begin in 2018.
Smith also said that additional testing of the dual-mission SM-6 Block 1 will continue this year as a component of the Navy Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air capability.
He said the company will move to full-rate production of the SM-6 tri-mission capability by 2018. The tri-mission capability includes anti-air warfare, sea-based terminal missile defense and anti-surface capability.