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Standard SM-3 Block IIA  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2018
Maiden Flight: 7 June 2015
Total Production: 120
Unitary Cost: USD$46 million
Also Known As: RIM-161
Origin: Japan and United States of America
Corporations: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Raytheon*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Standard Missile
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1970
Total Production: ?
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 IB, 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 SM-3 Block IIA is a joint program between the United States of America Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD). The increased flexibility missile will provide greater engagement capability against a wider variety of ballistic missile threats. Raytheon and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are developing the SM-3 Block IIA with the aim to start flight tests in 2012. The US and Japanese Navies will deploy the new weapon aboard its Aegis-equipped destroyers and cruisers.

Standard SM-3 Block IIA Applications

Artillery Systems Aegis Ashore Fighting Ships Atago Maya Protection Systems Aegis BMD

Standard SM-3 Block IIA Specifications

Max Range: 1,600 kilometer (864 nautical mile)
Top Speed: 5 mach (5,978 kph)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Standard SM-3 Block IIA News

There are 21 news between
27 Sep 2010 and 20 Dec 2019
1  2  3  
Friday, December 20, 2019US Missile Defense Agency Orders 62 SM-3 Block IIA Missiles Through 2025
Tuesday, August 27, 2019FMS: Japan Requests Sale of 73 Standard SM-3 Block IIA Missiles
Tuesday, December 11, 2018Aegis Ashore Successfully Intercepts Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile during Test
Standard Missile SM-3 Block IIA Missile Intercepts IRBM during Test
Monday, November 19, 2018FMS: Japan Wants 8 SM-3 Block 1B and 13 SM-3 Block 2A Missiles
Friday, October 26, 2018Standard Missile-3 Block IIA Intercepts Advanced Ballistic Missile Target during Test
Tuesday, May 1, 2018MDA to Order 20 Additional Standard SM-3 Block IIA Missiles
Thursday, January 11, 2018Japan to Deploy New Interceptor Missiles Aboard Two New Atago-Class Destroyers
Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Next Generation Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System
Tuesday, January 9, 2018FMS: Japan Wants Four Standard Missile-3 Block IIA Missiles

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