In 1953, Terrier Missile
becomes operational on
the Talos, Terrier,
In 1963, the Standard Missile program was initiated to replace Talos, Terrier, Tartar. Standard Missiles are “tail-controlled” rather than “wing-controlled” like Talos and Terrier.
In 1972, USS Biddle destroys North Vietnamese aircraft with SM-1 Extended Range. Nicknamed “Home All The Way,” the SM-1 protected the U.S. fleet against low-flying, anti-ship missiles.
In the 1980s, SM-2 Blocks III, IIA, IIB
and IV commence development to combat
specific threats with improvements for low
altitude, high altitude and fuse performance.
From 1992-1994, the U.S. Navy tests Terrier
Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectiles (LEAP)
at sea against ballistic
In 2008, a SM-3 Block IA
destroys a failed satellite in
space. Working closely
with customers and
industry partners to ensure
success, Raytheon engineers
modified software on the
SM-3 missile for the
In 2012, the state of the art Raytheon Redstone Missile Integration Facility in Huntsville, AL begins production of SM-6 missiles for the U.S. Navy.