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SM-6 Missile

Sophisticated Multi-Mission Warfare

The SM-6® missile delivers a proven over-the-horizon defensive and offensive capability by leveraging the time-tested advantages of the legacy Standard Missile airframe and propulsion. It’s the only missile in the world that can perform both anti-air warfare and terminal ballistic missile defense from sea, and it recently added anti-surface warfare to its repertoire.


Launched from the USS John Paul Jones, the SM-6® missile demonstrated its ability to intercept ballistic missiles in their final seconds of flight during live fire tests July 28-Aug. 1, 2015. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency) (Download High Resolution Photo)

Deployed on cruisers and destroyers in the U.S. Navy, the SM-6 missile provides Joint Force and Strike Force Commanders fleet air defense against all types of aircraft – manned and unmanned; land-attack anti-ship cruise missiles in flight; ballistic missiles in their terminal, or final, stage of flight over land or sea; and targets on the ocean’s surface. The missile is subsequently considered a triple threat, providing anti-air warfare, sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense and anti-surface warfare. The SM-6 missile is the most affordable missile per defended area and threat set and continues to perform beyond expectations and its original intended mission. It’s now one missile with three missions.

Vertically launched from a MK 41 VLS canister, the SM-6 missile is compatible with existing AEGIS cruisers and destroyers and future cruisers and destroyers. The system’s operational modes include semi-active homing and active homing to provide highly accurate target engagement, and it incorporates the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of the AMRAAM® air-to-air missile.

Standard Missile-6 Multi-mission Test Play Video

SM-6® missile multi-mission test

The U.S. Navy fired an SM-6 “Dual-1” missile in July 2015 for the first time, intercepting and destroying a short-range ballistic missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight. It was tested again in December 2016, successfully destroying a medium-range ballistic missile target at sea. The “Dual 1” is part of the Missile Defense Agency’s Sea-Based Terminal program and combines both anti-air warfare and sea-based terminal capabilities into the same missile. It succeeded the SM-2 Block IV missile.

The SM-6 missile is also a key component in the U.S. Navy's Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air, providing the surface Navy with an increased battlespace against over-the-horizon, anti-air warfare threats.

In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense approved sales of the SM-6 missile to several international customers, many of them seeking the multi-mission missile to bolster their shipbuilding programs.

Last year, the SM-6 missile engaged its first-ever surface target, the decommissioned guided missile frigate USS Reuben James. The test demonstrated the missile’s capability in anti-surface warfare and illustrated how it directly supports the U.S. Navy’s distributed lethality concept to increase the offensive might of the surface force.

First deployed in 2013, Raytheon has delivered more than 300 missiles to date, with many years of production on the horizon as the SM-6 missile continues to evolve to meet warfighter needs. Final assembly of the missile takes place at Raytheon’s state-of-the-art production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Media Coverage

The sky is [not] the limit: the evolution of the Standard Missile (The Cipher Brief)

SM-6 cleared for international sale; Australia, Japan, Korea could be early customers (USNI)

Raytheon's latest Navy missile hits distance record (Stars and Stripes)

Raytheon Standard Missile-6 linked with F-35 knocks down target in first test (Defense World)

VIDEO: Successful F-35, SM-6 live fire test points to expansion in networked naval warfare (USNI)

Demand for Raytheon missile killers may drive Tucson expansion (Arizona Daily Star)

Raytheon's Alabama-made missiles on display and in demand at Farnborough Air Show (AL.com)

Navy morphing LCS from ugly duckling into fighting bantam (Lexington Institute)

Strategic Capabilities Office looks for industry feedback (DefenseNews)

U.S. Navy is turning anti-aircraft and cruise missiles into ship killers (Fortune)

News Releases

U.S. Navy awards Raytheon $235 million for Standard Missile-6 production

Standard Missile-6 approved for international sales

Raytheon SM-6 intercepts ballistic missile target at sea

U.S. Navy achieves longest range surface-to-air intercept in naval history

U.S. Navy links Standard Missile-6 with F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in first-of-a-kind flight test

SM-6 shatters engagement distance record

Raytheon Standard Missile-6 successfully hits surface target