Raytheon's newest SM-3 intercepts MRBM target at highest altitude to date
In a Missile Defense Agency test, the U.S. Navy fired a Standard Missile-3 Block IB, made by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), from the USS Lake Erie. The SM-3 eliminated the medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target.
"We remain on track to deliver this critical capability in time for a 2015 deployment in support of global combatant command requirements, and specifically phase two of the European Phased Adaptive Approach," said Dr. Taylor Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems.
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The test was the 26th successful intercept for the SM-3 program and the fifth back-to-back successful test of the next-generation SM-3 Block IB guided missile.
"The missile continues to perform, increasing confidence in the SM-3 Block IB's readiness for production," said Dr. Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Missile Systems' SM-3 program director.
About the Standard Missile-3
SM-3s destroy incoming ballistic missile threats by colliding with them, a concept sometimes described as "hitting a bullet with a bullet." The impact is the equivalent of a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph.
- More than 155 SM-3s have been delivered to the U.S. and Japanese navies.
- Raytheon is on track to deliver the next-generation SM-3 Block IB in 2015.
- SM-3 Block IB will be deployed in both sea-based and land-based modes.
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Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)