A triple threat
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 attacking ballistic missiles.
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.
Last year, the Navy selected the Naval Strike Missile for its over-the-horizon weapon system. 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.
One of the ways Raytheon is bringing this new tool to the Navy is by mentoring a woman-owned company as part of its overall focus on diversification in the engineering field. Raytheon has signed a mentor/protégé agreement with Kentucky-based Phoenix Products Inc. to produce containers for the NSM missile.
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.
In 2019, Raytheon will begin recertification and modernization programs for the Tomahawk Block IV missile. Some Tomahawks 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 IV variants to give the missiles another 15-year service life.
“The world’s premiere cruise missile will be even better,” said Chris Daily, Raytheon’s Tomahawk senior director. “Modernized Tomahawk cruise missiles will have multimission roles.”
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.
As Raytheon prepares to deliver its 500th SM-6 missile to the Navy, the company continues to rapidly improve the multimission missile, increasing its value to the U.S. and allies.
Together, the Naval Strike Missile, Tomahawk cruise missile and SM-6 missile help the Navy to move freely across global waters.