The US Navy last week approved the Raytheon Standard Missile-6 for use on guided missile destroyers and cruisers with older versions of the Aegis combat system.
The SM-6 is an upgrade in range and the ability to seek out targets over the older SM-2. It is the first weapon to be tied into the service’s emerging Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFC-CA) scheme as part of Aegis Baseline 9 upgrades to the Navy’s guided missile destroyers and cruisers.
The SM-6, in a NIFC-CA context, could ingest targeting information from an off-board sensor – like an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and attack a target beyond the range of the radars on the ship.
However, the SM-6s used with the older Aegis combat systems wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the remote targeting capability in NIFC-CA, Naval Sea Systems Command told USNI News on Monday.
What SM-6s bring to the older combat systems starting with Baseline 5.3 is an improved set of seekers and a greater range, Mike Campisi Raytheon’s SM-6 senior program director was quoted as saying by USNI News.
“There was a lot evaluation that went on between the Navy and ourselves. The conclusion was that we need to release SM-6 to ships that have Baseline 5.3,” Campisi added.
“It has active and semi-active (seekers) You can utilize that capability and SM-6 has far longer legs than an SM-2. You get the long-range and you get the high degree of discrimination and you get the active mode” Camisi said.
Raytheon has delivered 160 SM-6s to the Navy so far ahead of an anticipated full-rate production in April. The Navy could acquire up to 1,800 SM-6s.
The company and the service are also testing SM-6s as a counter to ballistic missiles in a so-called “sea-based terminal” configuration – missile threats that are in the final portion of their flight before hitting a target.
The US Air Force will reconsider a $71 million radar contract awarded to Raytheon, following protests by Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. Various media outlets reported on Wednesday that the re-evaluation means either the program could be subject to a new tender, or the existing three original bids could be considered afresh
Raytheon flight tested its APG-79(V)X AESA radar system needed for F/A-18C/D Hornet jets, demonstrating extended detection ranges, simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities as well as production of high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mapping. "We put our latest AESA radar capability to the test and it exceeded our expectations," said Mike "Ponch" Garcia, business development director of Tactical Airborne Systems for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business, and a former F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilot/instructor
Raytheon has won a $500-million contract from US Air Force to supply advanced medium-range air-to-air Missiles (AMRAAM). "The contract is for the production of the AMRAAM missile and other AMRAAM system items, including the captive air training missile, common munitions bit/reprogramming equipment and non-developmental item airborne instrumentation unit," Raytheon said Tuesday, Sputnik reported
Raytheon has won $2.4 billion contract for 10 Patriot fire units with spares for the State of Qatar
Raytheon and Bell Helicopter successfully test-fired two Griffin B missiles from a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey multi-mission aircraft on December 16. The Griffin missile is a multi-platform, multi-service weapon that has a proven track record for successful rapid integration on land, sea and air platforms
Northrop Grumman has won US Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) contract worth up to $3billion beating Lockheed Martin, Syracuse.com reported Friday
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