TUCSON, Ariz., 23 July 2007.Raytheon Company has delivered the first near-term sea-based terminal weapon to the U.S. Navy for use in defending against short-range ballistic missile threats. Raytheon, the Navy, and Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab partnered to update the Standard Missile 2 Block IV weapon with unique modifications to provide this capability. These weapons will be deployed on the Navy's Aegis-class warships.
Raytheon is also developing an active radar Standard Missile 6. Standard Missile 6 will deploy in 2010 and deliver a transformational long-range, over-the-horizon counter to the ever-evolving cruise missile threat. Standard Missile 6 will also have an inherent capability to fulfill the sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense requirement.