US DoD approves Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 for international sales

11 January 2017 (Last Updated January 11th, 2017 18:30)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has approved Raytheon’s multimission, surface-to-air supersonic Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) for international sales.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has approved Raytheon’s multimission, surface-to-air supersonic Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) for international sales.

The decision will allow several approved international customers to acquire the missile to enhance their shipbuilding programmes.

“The flexibility of this multimission effector drives significant savings for our partners and allies.”

Raytheon SM-6 senior programme director Mike Campisi said: “International navies are seeking the level of sophisticated protection that SM-6 provides.

“The flexibility of this multimission effector drives significant savings for our partners and allies; it's the exact opposite of a boutique missile.”

The SM-6 is currently installed on US Navy ships to provide extended range protection against fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles.

It is also capable of defending against cruise missiles and ballistic missiles in the terminal phase of flight.

Earlier this year, the missile was also trialled as an offensive effector against targets on the ocean surface.

Designed to use active and semi-active guidance modes and modern fusing techniques, SM-6 features advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities from the company’s advanced medium-range air-to-air missile.

It also offers multimission capabilities for sea-based terminal defence, long-range fleet air defence, and anti-surface warfare.

In April 2015, Raytheon delivered its first full-rate production SM-6 and has so far supplied over 300 missiles, with more under production.

Last March, the company received a $270m contract to deliver SM-6 production and associated spares to the US Navy.

The final assembling of Raytheon's SM-6 missiles is performed at the company’s $75m 70,000ft² production unit at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, US.