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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.

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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. The “Dual 1” is part of the Missile Defense Agency’s Sea-Based Terminal program and is slated for additional testing. 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 early 2016, 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 250 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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Feature Stories

One missile, many missions - Standard Missile-6, built for anti-air warfare, sinks target ship in test

Freedom of the seas - Distributed lethality arms U.S. Navy with offensive capability

A milestone for a missile - Multi-mission SM-6 destroys ballistic target for the first time

Six reasons why all eyes are on the SM-6 missile

Raytheon Missiles make history in long-range, supersonic tests - SM-6 answers growing threats

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SM-6 Photo Gallery Launch Gallery


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SM-6® missile sea-based test

Media Coverage

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)

Navy weapon destroys anti-ship cruise missiles from beyond-the-horizon (Scout)

The U.S. Navy is slowly realizing it may have to sink ships again in the future (Popular Mechanics)

Navy finding offensive uses for defensive systems to support distributed lethality (USNI)

Navy developing software to give Standard Missile-6 additional mission capabilities (USNI)

SM-6 can now kill both cruise and ballistic missiles (Breaking Defense)

U.S. Missile Defense Agency tests modified Standard Missile-6 (Naval-technology.com)

Raytheon ship missile hits ballistic target (Arizona Daily Star)

U.S. military tests new interceptor that can shoot down ballistic missiles and airplanes (Fox News)

Raytheon SM-6 intercepts ballistic missile target in key test (Reuters)

News Releases

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

U.S. Navy awards Raytheon $270 million contract for Standard Missile-6 production

SM-6 shatters engagement distance record

Raytheon Standard Missile-6 successfully hits surface target

Missile Defense Agency, Raytheon demonstrate SM-6's new anti-ballistic missile defense capability