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Standard SM-3 Block IB Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015 Maiden Flight: 2010 Total Production: 78 Also Known As:RIM-161 and Standard SM-3 Block 1B Origin:United States of America Corporations:Raytheon
Description: The RIM-66/67 Standard missile were developed as the replacement for Terrier, Talos and Tartar surface-to-air missiles. It is an all-weather, supersonic, ship-launched, medium to long-range fleet air defense missile providing defense for an entire fleet area. There are 4 major types of Standard missiles: the SM-1, SM-2, SM-3 and SM-4. The SM-1 and SM-2 are air defense missiles, the SM-3 is intended exclusively against medium/long-range ballistic missiles and the SM-4 is a land attack missile. The baseline Standard, the SM-1 model, was a semi-active radar guided missile while late models incorporate advanced signals processing, GPS, IR-guidance system as well as other refinements. The Standard missile is operational in frigates, destroyers and cruisers of 14 navies all over the world. The First Standard missile was deployed by the US Navy in 1970. The Standard SM-3 missile is a derivative of Standard SM-2 Block IV developed to counter medium and long-range ballistic missiles and is a part of the Navy Theater Wide program. The SM-3 features a Third Stage Rocket Motor (TSRM) in addition of the Mk-72 booster and the Mk-104 rocket motor, a GPS/INS guidance section, and the LEAP (Lightweight Exo-atmospheric Projectile) kinetic warhead. The SM-3's warhead will be a hit-to-kill vehicle and the SM-3 would be optimized for the next generation of the AEGIS weapons system outfitted with the SPY-1E radar available from 2006 or 2007. Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Solid Divert and Attitude Control System (SDACS) is the propulsion system used on the Kinetic Warhead (KW) Mk 142 to control the yaw, pitch, and roll in outer space when intercepting a ballistic missile. The SDACS incorporating the latest design improvements to achieve a high degree of reliability was tested on November 30, 2004, by a ATK and Honeywell in Elkton, Maryland. A flight demonstration of pulse-capable SDACS on SM-3 was anticipated in 2005. The Aegis BMD weapon system went to sea September 30, 2004. Raytheon began delivering Standard SM-3 initial deployment missile rounds to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) October 22, 2004. Five additional missiles were delivered to MDA in December 2004 to support missile deployment on destroyers and cruisers. Aegis BMD will protect not only the United States, but also US allies and US troops deployed around the globe against short to medium range ballistic missiles. SM-3 has been under testing since January 2002 intercepting targets in space four times. In early 2004, Japan became the first international customer for the SM-3 missile through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. Japan will use the SM-3 missile on their four - six ships planned before the end of the decade - Aegis-equipped Kongo-class destroyers. In July 2005, Raytheon received a $124 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for continued production of twelve Standard Missile SM-3 Block IA missiles which were expected to be delivered by April 2007. The Block IA is an upgraded version of SM-3 Block I missile. On May 26, 2006, Raytheon was awarded a $424 million contract for continued systems engineering, design, development, fabrication, and testing of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1A and Block 1B missiles. The contract funds provided by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) were scheduled to expire on 14 May 2008. This contract was aimed at completing the SM-3 missiles development. SM-3 Block 1B missile incorporates an advanced two-color infrared seeker as well as a throttling divert and attitude control system providing additional capability against evolving threats. Both items have been integrated into the missile's kinetic warhead giving thus enhanced maneuverability and higher probability of kill. Standard Missile SM-3 Block IB may be fitted with a Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System (TDACS) propulsion and maneuvering system for its kinetic warhead. The system is based on 10 pintle thrusters with four moving the warhead sideways and the other six keeping the seeker angular alignment with the target. Low-cost TDACS is planned to be introduced in flight tests with the SM-3 Block IB missile in late 2008.
View full report Chart includes Standard SM-2 Block IIIA (475), Standard SM-2 Block IIIB (363), Standard SM-1 MR (351), Standard SM-2 Block III (329), Standard SM-2 Block II (233), Standard SM-6 Block I (148), Standard SM-3 Block IA (102), Standard SM-3 Block IB (73), Standard SM-1 ER (69)