Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)
January 13/21: FMS Raytheon Missiles and Defense won an $8.5 million contract for procurement of long lead material in support of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Foreign Military Sales production requirements to include all up rounds, instrumental kits, engineering services and spares. This contract involves FMS to Korea, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan and Japan. The Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) is a fleet-area air defense weapon that provides anti-air warfare and limited anti-surface warfare capability against today’s advanced anti-ship missiles and aircraft. With a range of 90 nautical miles and an altitude of 65,000 feet, the SM-2 is an integral part of layered defense that protects naval assets, giving warfighters greater operational flexibility. Work will take place in the Netherlands, Texas, Arizona and is expected to be finished by March 2023.
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 – 2021
FY 2014 – 2015
FY 2006 and Earlier
The Standard Missile Naval Defense Family: Exports & Related Key Events
2012 – 2014
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