Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)
August 31/17: The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and US Navy have successfully conducted a scheduled test of a Standard Missile-6 guided missile (SM-6) off the coast of Hawaii. Launched from the deck of the USS John Paul Jones, the missile intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target, and comes just one day after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan. The MDA said the test gives the naval component of the missile defense system higher ability to intercept ballistic missiles in their terminal phase.
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 – 2017
FY 2014 – 2015
FY 2006 and Earlier
The Standard Missile Naval Defense Family: Exports & Related Key Events
2012 – 2014
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