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Standard Missile-6

Standard Missile-6

Sophisticated Fleet Air Defense

SM-6™ leverages the legacy Standard Missile airframe and propulsion elements, while incorporating the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of our Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM®). Deployed on cruisers and destroyers, SM-6 will provide Joint Force and Strike Force Commanders fleet air defense against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and land-attack anti-ship cruise missiles in flight, both over sea and land.


Launched from the USS John Paul Jones, a Standard Missile-6 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)

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

The system’s operational modes include semi-active homing and active homing to provide highly accurate target engagement.

Vertically launched from a MK 41 VLS canister, SM-6 is compatible with existing AEGIS cruisers and destroyers and future cruisers and destroyers.

Standard Missile-6 Sea-based Testing Play Video

Standard Missile-6 Sea-based Test

SM-6 has also been selected to fulfill the U.S. Navy's Sea-Based Terminal (SBT) role and will provide defense against ballistic missiles in their terminal phase of flight, succeeding the SM-2 Block IV missile. The initial version of the SBT, Increment 1, is to enter service around 2015, with a subsequent version, called Increment 2, to enter service around 2018.

Learn more about Raytheon's Missile Defense Solutions.

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