Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)
July 9/18: New datalink The Missile Defense Agency is procuring a new digital data link solution for its ballistic defense missiles. The awarded contract is valued at $7.4 million and enables Raytheon Missile Systems to develop, build, test, qualify and integrate a digital data link (DDL) solution to resolve existing Plate 3A transceiver obsolescence for the SM-3 IB missile. SM-3 Block IB has become the main variant for orders since 2011. With Block IB and associated ship-based upgrades, the Navy gains the ability to defend against medium range missiles fielded by countries like North Korea and Iran, and some Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles under development by those rogue regimes. A DDL is needed to send guidance commands to the missile. This modification increases the total cumulative face value of the contract t $1,7 billion. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an expected completion date of December 2019.
Variants of the SM-2 Standard missile are the USA’s primary fleet defense anti-air weapon, and serve with 13 navies worldwide. The most common variant is the RIM-66K-L/ SM-2 Standard Block IIIB, which entered service in 1998. The Standard family extends far beyond the SM-2 missile, however; several nations still use the SM-1, the SM-3 is rising to international prominence as a missile defense weapon, and the SM-6 program is on track to supplement the SM-2. These missiles are designed to be paired with the AEGIS radar and combat system, but can be employed independently by ships with older or newer radar systems.
This article covers each variant in the Standard missile family, plus several years worth of American and Foreign Military Sales requests and contracts and key events; and offers the budgetary, technical, and geopolitical background that can help put all that in context.
The Standard Missile Naval Defense Family: Missiles and Plans
SM-1: Allied Legacy
SM-2: The Mainstay
SM-3: Ballistic Missile Killer
SM-6 ERAM: Next-Generation Air Defense
The Standard Missile Naval Defense Family: Programs
SM-3 Programs: 2006-2020 Timeline
The Standard Missile Naval Defense Family: US Contracts & Events
FY 2016 – 2018
FY 2014 – 2015
FY 2006 and Earlier
The Standard Missile Naval Defense Family: Exports & Related Key Events
2012 – 2014
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