Triple play

Raytheon’s suite of advanced naval systems helps to defend fleets

One missile skims the waves to avoid being seen. Another can loiter for hours, shift course on command and strike a moving target with pinpoint accuracy. A third can strike targets in the air and on the sea, including ballistic missiles. 

This trio of advanced technologies – Raytheon's Naval Strike Missile, Tomahawk cruise missile and Standard Missile-6 – protect U.S. Navy sailors and defend the fleet.

Naval Strike Missile

NSM is a long-range, precision missile that strikes heavily defended land and sea targets. The missile, with a range of up to 100 nautical miles, flies at low altitudes and uses advanced seeker and target-identification tech.

In 2018, the Navy selected the Naval Strike Missile for its over-the-horizon defense of littoral combat ships and future frigates. Raytheon has teamed with Norway’s Kongsberg to bring the fifth-generation missile stateside.

“As we take these initial steps for domestic production, it’s clear the important role this missile will play for the U.S. Navy,” said Randy Kempton, Raytheon’s Naval Strike Missile program director. 

Raytheon is building the Naval Strike Missile’s U.S. supply chain, which will provide parts and create jobs for more than two dozen suppliers. Early stages of production are already underway, with missile launchers set to be produced in Louisville, Kentucky.

Last year, the U.S. Marine Corps integrated the NSM into its force structure, which helps to share costs and enhances interoperability with the Navy.

USS Gabrielle Giffords launches a Naval Strike Missile during exercise Pacific Griffin.
Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile during exercise Pacific Griffin. Raytheon and Kongsberg put the missile on the ship one year ahead of its initial deployment schedule. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Tomahawk cruise missile

The Tomahawk cruise missile can fly more than 1,000 miles, circle on command, transmit photos of a target to commanders and see through obscurants to hit a moving target at sea. Raytheon and the Navy are working together to enhance Tomahawk.  

Beginning in 2020, the Navy will recertify and modernize the missile, extending its service life by 15 years. Some Tomahawks in the new Block V series will be upgraded with a maritime strike capability and others, a joint, multiple-effects warhead. The company will also add navigation and communication upgrades to all Block V variants.

SM-6 missile

The SM-6 missile also continues to support the Navy’s pursuit of sea control. Anti-air warfare, the missile’s original mission, enables the SM-6 to defend ships against enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.

In 2015, the missile demonstrated it could protect ships against ballistic missiles in their final phase of flight, furthering the layers of defense. In 2016, SM-6 engaged its first surface target, making it the only missile to perform all three missions.

Raytheon has delivered more than 500 SM-6 missiles to the Navy, and the company continues to rapidly improve the multi-mission missile.

Published On: 01/09/2019
Last Updated: 01/22/2020