Last Updated: 03/22/2013*
On June 27, 2012, off the coast of Hawaii, Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IB destroyed another ballistic missile target in a joint U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency test.
The SM-3 is a defensive weapon used by the U.S. Navy to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The SM-3 destroys incoming ballistic missile threats by colliding with them, a concept sometimes described as “hitting a bullet with a bullet.” The impact is the equivalent of a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph.
The test marks the 21st successful intercept for the SM-3 program, which is a critical piece of the United States’ Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense.
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SM-3 Launch Photos
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