SM-6 Testing Displays Missile’s Range and Versatility
PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, Hawaii — The Navy successfully executed four flight tests of the surface-to-air Standard Missile-6 Block I (SM-6 Blk I) off the Hawaiian coast between April 6 and 13, according to an April 25 release from Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS).
These tests marked the next step toward the SM-6 Blk I’s achievement of Full Operational Capability. In addition, these are the first tests with the latest SM-6 Blk I software that includes air warfare, ballistic missile sea based terminal defense, and anti-surface warfare capabilities.
“I’m very proud of my team for the seamless planning and execution of these flight tests, which are the culmination of disciplined systems engineering efforts. These latest flight test successes demonstrate once again the versatile capability of SM-6 Blk I,” said Capt. Michael Ladner, major program manager for Surface Ship Weapons, PEO IWS. “With these successes, we’ve validated that the latest SM-6 Blk I tri-mission capable software is ready to be delivered to our Sailors.”
The SM-6 provides an over-the-horizon engagement capability when launched from an Aegis warship and uses the latest in hardware and software missile technology to provide needed capabilities against evolving air threats. The SM-6 program has completed development and achieved Initial Operational Capability in November 2013.