Raytheon Awarded $440 Million for SM-6 Development


Released on Friday, September 3, 2004
United States of America
AIM-120C AMRAAM
Standard SM-2 Block IV
Standard SM-6 Block I
AMRAAM - Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
ER-AAW - Extended Range Anti-Air Warfare
ERAM - Extended Range Active Missile
SDD - System Development and Demonstration
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 mission requirements.

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 system.

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