Raytheon and the U.S. Navy successfully flight tested the first SM-2 surface-to-air missile from the company’s restarted production line.
The SM-2 Block IIIB missile launched, flew and provided accurate telemetry data to the range, and engaged an airborne Navy target. SM-2 allows navies to defend against anti-ship missiles and aircraft.
“The SM-2 is in high demand because of its advanced capabilities and history of more than 2,700 successful flight tests from U.S. Navy and international ships,” said Dr. Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Strategic and Naval Systems vice president.
“Navies worldwide have relied on this missile and it will continue to provide fleet protection for decades to come.”
Raytheon say it has delivered over 11,000 SM-2 missiles to customers worldwide. In 2020, the company will begin to provide Australia, Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands with more than 280 missiles from its latest production batch.
According to the Raytheon website, these are the main SM-2 Block IIIA and IIIB missile features
- Advanced semi-active radar seeker technologies in both continuous wave and interrupted continuous wave guidance modes
- Tail controls and solid rocket motor propulsion to engage the world’s advanced high-speed maneuvering threats at tactically significant ranges
- IIIB enhances the IIIA’s existing superior capabilities by adding autonomous infrared acquisition
- High-technology active radar target detection device and directional warhead to ensure successful destruction of the target