Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 completes guided test vehicle launch

WHITE SANDS, N.M., 18 Jan. 2010. Raytheon Company's Standard Missile-6 completed its fourth guided test vehicle launch, clearing the way for the missile's at-sea testing later this year. SM-6 takes advantage of the Standard Missile airframe and propulsion elements, as well as the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of Raytheon's Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.

Posted by Courtney Howard

WHITE SANDS, N.M., 18 Jan. 2010. Raytheon Company's Standard Missile-6 completed its fourth guided test vehicle launch, clearing the way for the missile's at-sea testing later this year.

"All GTV engineering test objectives were met, demonstrating the SM-6's capabilities in this critical engagement," says Frank Wyatt, Raytheon's vice president of Naval Weapon Systems. "With its over-the-horizon protection, SM-6 will provide the surface Navy with an increased battlespace against anti-air warfare threats. We now move forward with initial operational capability flights of this extended-range AAW system."

"The last year has been very important for SM-6," says Wyatt. "We demonstrated integrated fire control, concluded the land-based test flights and entered low rate initial production. Importantly, SM-6 continues to be on time and on budget and is now ready for sea."

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