Navy's Standard Missile-6 with advanced signal processing deployed

TUCSON, AZ. U.S. Navy personnel are deploying the Standard Missile-6 from Raytheon for the first time, reaching initial operational capability on schedule.

The SM-6 provides extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles, manned aircraft, and cruise missiles. The interceptor marries the airframe and propulsion of legacy Standard Missiles with advanced signal processing and guidance control characteristics of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). The SM-6 makes use of active and semi-active guidance modes and advanced fuzing techniques.

Earlier this year, Raytheon won a Navy contract for $243 million to build 89 new SM-6 interceptors, marking the start of full-rate production.