Raytheon has announced that it has won a $93 million contract, the first of several planned low rate initial production (LRIP) contracts to build Standard Missile-6 systems for the U.S. Navy. The contract includes the production of missiles and delivery of spare parts andmissile containers, with delivery early in 2011.
The SM-6 is the latest in a long line of anti-aircraft missiles Raytheon has made for the Navy, and cousin to the RIM-161 SM-3, used by the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. SM-6 is intended for lower-flying threats, at long range, using an active seeker system (its own radar) to attack targets over the horizon. SM-6 can also use a semi-active mode, relying partially on targeting from a target “painted” by fire control radar.
“Standard Missile-6 has been on budget and on schedule since the program started in 2004,” said Frank Wyatt, vice president of Raytheon’s Naval Weapon Systems. “LRIP clears the way for delivery to the warfighter of this integral weapon system.”
“When combined with future integrated fire control, SM-6 will provide the U.S. Navy with an extended battlespace capability against over-the-horizon AAW threats,” said Wyatt. “By taking full advantage of the Standard Missile family’s kinematics, SM-6 provides signal processing and superior guidance and control capabilities.”