Raytheon Awarded Standard Missile-6 Production Contract
TUCSON, Ariz. — The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Co. $235 million for Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) all-up round production missiles and spares, the company announced in a Jan. 23 release.
Raytheon will begin delivery in 2018. The missiles will be deployed on Aegis cruisers and destroyers to support U.S. Navy fleet operations. The award funds the fourth year of full-rate production for the multimission missile, which recently accomplished significant testing milestones and achievements.
The contracted missiles will include an anti-surface capability, which was demonstrated in early 2016 during a tactical demonstration event off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. The SM-6 also set a new record for maximum down-range and maximum cross-range intercepts in over-the-horizon missions. The display of offensive capability established SM-6 as a multimission missile with expanded capabilities in anti-air warfare, sea-based terminal and anti-surface warfare.
“The SM-6 offers three missions, making it the most affordable missile per defended area and threat set,” said Mike Campisi, Standard Missile-6 senior program director. “The SM-6 effector continues to perform beyond expectations and beyond its original mission.”
Final assembly of SM-6 takes place at Raytheon’s state-of-the-art production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.
SM-6 delivers a proven, over-the-horizon defensive and offensive capability by leveraging the time-tested advantages of the Standard Missile’s airframe and propulsion and the active radar of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.
The SM-6 uses both active and semi-active radar modes and advanced fuzing techniques. It incorporates the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities from Raytheon’s Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.
The SM-6 deployed for the first time in 2013, and Raytheon has delivered approximately 250 missiles.