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Standard Missile-6

Standard Missile-6

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.


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.

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.

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Standard Missile-6 Sea-based Test


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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 Standard Missile-6

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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Standard Missile-6 Multi-mission Test

Media Coverage

Strategic Capabilities Office looks for industry feedback (DefenseNews)

Once-secret Pentagon agency asks industry to help find new ideas (Chicago Tribune)

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 News)

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)

Modified SM-6 missile demos new capability (UPI)

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)

U.S. Navy 'desert ship' strikes dummy aircraft with new missile system (Defensetech)

Navy network helps SM-6 find, kill supersonic target it can't see (Breaking Defense)

Navy ramps up SM-6 production (FOX News)

News Releases

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

U.S. Navy uses SM-6 to intercept medium-range supersonic target from 'over-the-horizon'

Raytheon awarded $149 million for Standard Missile-6s

Raytheon's SM-6 moves from low-rate to full-rate production

U.S. Navy approves multi-role SM-6 for use on more ships