The US Navy awarded Raytheon a $440 million System Development and Demonstration
(SDD) contract for the Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) Block I Extended Range Active
Missile (ERAM). The weapon is being developed to meet the US Navy's requirements
for an Extended Range Anti-Air Warfare (ER-AAW) missile.
The Standard Missile SM-6/ERAM program aim is to effectively defeat overland
cruise missiles while protecting US Navy's ships. The SDD contract would be
completed by December 2011 and includes design, development, fabrication,
assembly, integration, test and delivery of flight and non-flight assets. These
assets are likely to represent missiles and related support equipment.
With overland cruise missiles as its primary target, the SM-6/ERAM program will
be capable of assuming countering of evolving and asymmetric air threats
throughout its entire service life. High cost spiral developments based on the
SM-6 weapon are envisaged by Raytheon' officials to meet the Navy's future
The SM-6 missile, available by the end of this decade, will provide protection
against fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and
land attack, anti-ship cruise missiles in flight, both over land and sea. Its
integrated fire control system will provide engagement capability against
over-the-horizon threats to Navy's surface fleet.
The Standard Missile 6 will take the airframe from SM-2 Block IV missile and the
seeker/guidance system from across Raytheon's proven product line with the
AMRAAM missile technology as the main contributor for the SM-6's active radar
guidance system. This approach ensures SM-6 as a low cost, affordable weapon
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