SM-6 destroys longest range cruise missile target to date
LONDON, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- During the first-ever SM-6 flight tests from a destroyer class ship equipped with Aegis Baseline 9, a Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Standard Missile-6 destroyed a cruise missile target (BQM-74) at near the missile's maximum range.
The USS John Paul Jones achieved the milestone while executing a series of three SM-6 flight tests designed to test the missile against subsonic, low altitude target drones (BQM-74) in over-the-horizon test scenarios. All three targets were destroyed.
"These tests once again demonstrate the SM-6's ability to consistently take out threats beyond the radar's horizon," said Mike Campisi, Raytheon Missile Systems' senior SM-6 program director. "If you want to defend against cruise missile attacks, the Standard Missile-6 is your weapon of choice."
The SM-6 provides U.S. Navy sailors and their vessels extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles as part of the Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) mission area.
The SM-6 deployed for the first time in 2013, and Raytheon has delivered more than 100 missiles. The missile's final assembly takes place at Raytheon's state-of-the-art SM-6 and SM-3 all-up-round production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.
About the Standard Missile-6
SM-6 delivers a proven over-the-horizon air defense capability by leveraging the time-tested advantages of the Standard Missile's airframe and propulsion.
- The SM-6 uses both active and semiactive guidance modes and advanced fuzing techniques.
- It incorporates the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities from Raytheon's Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
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