Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family: FY 2006 Contracts

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SM-2 Launch w. AEGIS(click to view full) Variants of the SM-2 Standard missile are the USA’s primary fleet defense anti-air weapon, and in service with 13 navies worldwide. The most common variant is the RIM-66K-L/ SM-2 Standard Block IIIB, which entered service in 1998. It includes a number of modifications over previous versions, including greater capability at even lower altitudes, a more powerful fragmentation warhead, and a side-mounted infrared seeker developed in the Missile Homing Improvement Program (MHIP) to supplement the missile’s semi-active radar guidance system. These missiles work best when paired with the AEGIS radar and combat system, but can be employed independently. For coverage of the Standard Missile family beyond FY 2006, turn to this DID FOCUS Article. The Standard Missile Naval Defense Family: Budgets, Missiles, and Plans SM-3 Launch The USA has budgeted a total of $289.4 million for its Standard family of naval air defense missiles in FY 2006, a slight rise from the $259.3 million in FY 2005. This family also includes the SM-3 extended range missile that can also used in a ballistic missile defense role, and the next-generation SM-6 Standard Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM) which is still in development. The SM-1 was […]

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