Navy awards Raytheon $235 million for missiles, spares

WALTHAM, Mass. The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Company $235 million for Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) all-up round production missiles and spares, thereby funding the fourth year of full-rate production for the multimission missile. The missiles will be deployed on Aegis cruisers and destroyers to support U.S. Navy fleet operations.

The Standard Missile-6 uses both active and semi-active radar modes plus advanced fuzing techniques. Under the contract, the delivered missiles will also incorporate over-the-horizon capabilities and an antisurface option; this ability was demonstrated in early 2016 during a tactical demonstration off the coast of Kauai.

Final assembly of SM-6 occurs at Raytheon's production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The company will begin delivery of the missiles in 2018.