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Standard SM-3 Block IA  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 168
Unitary Cost: USD$10.0 million
Also Known As: RIM-161, Standard SM-3 Block 1, Standard SM-3 Block 1A and Standard SM-3 Block I
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: Standard Missile
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1970
Total Production: 11,000
Family Members: Standard SM-1 ER, Standard SM-1 MR, Standard SM-2 Block II, Standard SM-2 Block III, Standard SM-2 Block IIIA, Standard SM-2 Block IIIB, Standard SM-2 Block IIIC, Standard SM-2 Block IV, Standard SM-2 Block IVA, Standard SM-3 Block IB, Standard SM-3 Block IIA, Standard SM-3 Block IIB, Standard SM-4 LASM, Standard SM-6 Block I and Standard SM-6 Block IA
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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 5 major types of Standard missiles: the SM-1, SM-2, SM-3, SM-4 and SM-6. The SM-1, SM-2 and SM-6 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. SM-4 development remains uncertain. 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 US Navy's surface ships 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. The 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 featuring improved reliability and supportability at a reduced cost. 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. In August 2006, Raytheon was awarded a $266 million contract to build, test and deliver 29 Standard Missiles SM-3 Block IA to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on behalf of the United States and Japan.

Standard SM-3 Block IA Applications

Fighting Ships Atago CG 47 (VLS) DDG 51 Flight I DDG 51 Flight II Kongo Protection Systems Aegis BMD

Standard SM-3 Block IA Specifications

Number of Stages: 3
Diameter: 350 millimeter (13.8 inch)
Length: 6.58 meter (259 inch)
Max Range: 600 kilometer (324 nautical mile)
Target's Max Speed: 3,700 mps (13,324 kph)
Top Speed: 5 mach (5,978 kph)
Weight: 1,501 kilogram (3,309 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Standard SM-3 Block IA News

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015US Navy Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target in European Theater
Tuesday, September 10, 2013MDA Carries Out Missile Defense Test Successfully against Multiple Targets
Wednesday, February 13, 2013Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Intercepts Target Using Space Tracking and Surveillance System
Thursday, October 25, 2012MDA Successfully Conducts Largest Ballistic Missile Defense System Test in History
Thursday, August 30, 2012US Missile Defense Agency Orders 14 Additional SM-3 Block IA and Five SM-3 Block IB Missiles
Monday, December 26, 2011Raytheon Awarded Contract for Standard Missile-3 IA and IB Development
Tuesday, September 13, 2011New Datalink Will Allow NATO Ships to Employ All Standard Missiles
Thursday, April 14, 2011US Navy's Aegis BMD Engages Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile for the First Time
Tuesday, March 29, 2011US MDA Buys More Standard SM-3 Block IB and Less SM-3 Block IA Missiles
Friday, October 29, 2010Japan Achieves Third Ballistic Missile Intercept Using Standard Missile-3 Block IA Missile

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America141
May 2010100

Grand Total 1682
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