Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 moves into full-rate production

7 May 2015 (Last Updated May 7th, 2015 18:30)

Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) has been moved into full-rate production paving the way for a significant increase in production and further costs reductions.

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Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) has been moved into full-rate production paving the way for a significant increase in production and further costs reductions.

The US Defense Acquisition Board had granted full-rate production approval for the missile in May 2013.

The surface-to-air supersonic missile can be used for protection against manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. It is also capable of defending against land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight.

The missile also features advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) and uses both active and semi-active guidance modes and advanced fusing techniques.

The standard missile will help the navy provide an over-the-horizon engagement ability when fired from an Aegis warship.

SM-6 senior programme director Mike Campisi said: "SM-6 is proven against a broad range of advanced threats, which makes it very valuable to combatant commanders who need and want that flexibility.

"SM-6 is proven against a broad range of advanced threats, which makes it very valuable to combatant commanders."

"Full-rate production allows us to significantly ramp up production and deliver to the US Navy the quantities it needs to further increase operational effectiveness."

Raytheon delivered the first full-rate production round to the US Navy from its SM-6 and SM-3 all-up-round production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

The company tested and assembled a majority of the SM-6's section level at its subsystem centre factory in Tucson, Arizona, US.

More than 180 missiles have been delivered by Raytheon to the US navy which deployed SM-6 for the first time in December 2013.


Image: The SM-6 features advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM). Photo: courtesy of US Navy.