Standard Missile Progress

STANDARD MISSILE-6 PROGRAM BEGINS TESTING: US-based Raytheon reports its new Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) weapon has begun sea-based flight testing, paving the way for initial operational capability (IOC) in 2011. The SM-6  takes full advantage of the legacy ‘Standard’ missile airframe and propulsion elements, while incorporating advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of the Advanced […]
STANDARD MISSILE-6 PROGRAM BEGINS TESTING: US-based Raytheon reports its new Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) weapon has begun sea-based flight testing, paving the way for initial operational capability (IOC) in 2011. The SM-6  takes full advantage of the legacy ‘Standard’ missile airframe and propulsion elements, while incorporating advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). The merger of two proven technologies enables the SM-6 to employ both active and semiactive modes. The Defence White Paper noted the project Sea 4000 air warfare destroyers initial fit of SM-2 missiles would be complemented by the newer SM-6 missile, in order to defeat fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight, both over sea and land.

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