Raytheon and US Navy test SM-2 surface-to-air missile

27 February 2020 (Last Updated February 27th, 2020 14:19)

Raytheon and the US Navy have successfully completed testing a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) surface-to-air missile.

Raytheon and US Navy test SM-2 surface-to-air missile
Raytheon and the US Navy have successfully tested the Standard Missile-2 from reopened production line. Credit: US Navy.

Raytheon and the US Navy have successfully completed testing a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) surface-to-air missile.

During the test flight, the SM-2 Block IIIB missile provided accurate telemetry data to the range. It also successfully destroyed an airborne navy target.

The surface-to-air missile system is designed to allow navies to defend against anti-ship missiles and aircraft.

This missile features advanced semi-active radar seeker technology and active radar detection. Its tail control and solid rocket motor propulsion has the capacity to engage high-speed targets.

Raytheon noted that the missile was the first system from the company’s reopened production line.

The production line was restarted in June 2017 after being halted in 2013. It was reopened to meet the global demand for the product.

To increase the efficiency of the production line, new equipment has been installed with an improved manufacturing process.

Raytheon Strategic and Naval Systems vice-president Dr Mitch Stevison said: “The SM-2 is in high demand because of its advanced capabilities and history of more than 2,700 successful flight tests from US Navy and international ships.

“Navies worldwide have relied on this missile and it will continue to provide fleet protection for decades to come.”

This missile is primarily used by the Air Force fleets of the US and its allies.

Raytheon has delivered more than 11,000 SM-2 to global customers to date. More than 280 missiles are expected to be delivered to Australia, Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands through foreign military sales in 2020.