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Standard SM-3 Block IB  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 23 April 2014
Maiden Flight: 2010
Total Production: 221
Also Known As: RIM-161 and Standard SM-3 Block 1B
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 IA, 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 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. The 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.

Standard SM-3 Block IB Applications

Artillery Systems Aegis Ashore Fighting Ships KDX-III Protection Systems Aegis BMD

Standard SM-3 Block IB Specifications

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
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
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Standard SM-3 Block IB News

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31 Jul 2009 and 30 Mar 2020
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Monday, March 30, 2020MDA Orders Standard SM-3 Block IB Interceptors Worth $2.1 Billion
Thursday, March 26, 2020Missile Defense Agency Orders Standard Missile-3 Block IB Missiles Through 2027
Friday, May 3, 2019South Korea to Buy Three More KDX-III Destroyers and Three More KSS-III Submarines
Tuesday, April 9, 2019FMS: Japan Requests Sale of 56 Standard SM-3 Block IB Missiles
Monday, November 19, 2018FMS: Japan Wants 8 SM-3 Block 1B and 13 SM-3 Block 2A Missiles
Wednesday, September 12, 2018Japan and the United States MDA Conduct Successful SM-3 Block IB Missile Test
Tuesday, July 17, 2018MDA Orders 44 Standard SM-3 Block IB Missiles
Wednesday, October 18, 2017NATO Conducts Complex Ballistic Missile Defense off the Coast of Scotland
Tuesday, August 2, 2016MDA Orders 47 Additional Standard SM-3 Block IB Missiles
Thursday, May 26, 2016Standard Missile-3 Block IB Flight Test Validates Engineering Upgrade

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America221
MDA ordered 29 missiles in June 2013, 44 more in March 2014 and 44 more in April 2015. MDA modified the April contract increasing the number of missiles to 52 in December 2015. MDA ordered 47 missiles in August 2016. MDA ordered 44 missiles in 2018.

Grand Total 2211
Defensive Weapons
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