Raytheon: SM -6 Passes Rigorous Graduation Tests
PACIFIC MISSILE FIRING RANGE, Hawaii — After a complex series of U.S. Navy flight tests, the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) is ready for its final stage of the acquisition process: full operational capability, the missile’s builder, Raytheon Co., said in an April 27 release.
Reaching full operational capability is a kind of graduation exercise that signifies the weapon’s sea worthiness, with no more testing required. SM-6 is the only missile in the world that can perform anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare and terminal ballistic missile defense, the company said.
“The U.S. Navy began deploying SM-6s four years ago, but we’ve continued to give it software upgrades and test it in every possible scenario to learn more about what it could do,” Mike Campisi, Raytheon’s SM-6 senior program director, said in the release. “We’ve continued to raise the bar, and the missile has exceeded it every time.”
Four SM-6 missiles were fired throughout the testing, each against a single shore-launched, sub- or supersonic target. All four test missions were successful.
“The missile is fully ready for deployment in all three modes at sea,” said Campisi. “That kind of flexibility is exactly what our sailors need, and that's exactly what they're going to get.”
Final assembly of SM-6 takes place at Raytheon’s state-of-the-art production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Raytheon has delivered more than 330 SM-6 missiles with continuing production. The U.S. Department of Defense approved the release of SM-6 to several international customers in early 2017.