Sophisticated Integrated Air and Missile 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 in the U.S. Navy, SM-6 will provide Joint Force and Strike Force Commanders fleet air defense against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, land-attack anti-ship cruise missiles in flight and terminal ballistic missiles, both over sea and land.
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.
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 2016, with a subsequent version, called Increment 2, to enter service around 2018. This dual mission capability (long range air defense and terminal ballistic missile defense) is called SM-6 Dual 1.
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 Test
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Standard Missile-6 Multi-mission Test