TUCSON, Ariz., 8 May 2006. Raytheon Company has received a $142 million contract for the domestic production of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) for the U.S. Navy. According to the agreement, Raytheon will deliver 75 Block IIIB missiles, 80 Block IIIB conversion kits, telemeters, spare parts, and rocket motors, as well as provide missile maintenance support. Work on the contract will be performed at Raytheon's Missile Systems business in Tucson, Ariz., and Camden, Ark.
The SM-2 Block IIIB sports a side-mounted infrared seeker to aid in endgame guidance. Standard Missile has been the U.S. Navy's primary surface-to-air fleet air defense weapon for more than three decades.
It is considered the most technically advanced and the most capable air defense missile in the world.
SM-2 is operational on guided missile cruisers, destroyers and frigates in the U.S. Navy and is in operation with
13 allied navies.