Barking Sands HI March 7, 2016 - Raytheon's Standard Missile-6, successfully engaged five targets and shattered its previous maximum engagement range record, set in June of 2014.
This test series, supported by the Cooperative Engagement Capability, validated the tactical warfighting capability of SM-6, by demonstrating both maximum down range and a maximum cross range intercepts in over-the-horizon, engage-on-remote missions.
"These tests demonstrate the full warfighting potential of SM-6 and its proven multi-mission value," said Dr. Taylor Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "The versatility of SM-6 makes it deployable on 60 surface combatants in the fleet, providing additional layers of capability and protection."
BMD trials ship USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), configured with AEGIS Baseline 9.C1, executed the series of four missions with five SM-6 missiles for Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation, part of the final testing leading to a likely declaration of Full Operational Capability in 2017.
The USS Gridley (DDG 101) was on station to perform as the AEGIS assist ship for the engage-on-remote missions. The tests also proved the ability of SM-6 to conduct complex, multiple target scenarios.
SM-6 is a key component of the U.S. Navy's Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air mission, providing U.S. Navy sailors and their vessels extended range protection against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise and ballistic missiles.
The SM-6 deployed for the first time in 2013, and Raytheon has delivered more than 250 missiles. The missile's final assembly takes place at Raytheon's state-of-the-art SM-6 and SM-3 all-up-round production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.