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Navy exercises $270M option for more SM-6 missiles

Raytheon reports extended Standard Missile-6 production under contract option.

By Richard Tomkins
A Standard-6 missile is launched from the destroyer USS John Paul Jones. U.S. Navy photo
A Standard-6 missile is launched from the destroyer USS John Paul Jones. U.S. Navy photo

TUCSON, March 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has exercised a $270 million contract option with Raytheon for production of Standard-6 missiles and spares requirements.

The Standard-6 has been deployed since 2013, with Raytheon delivering more that 250 of the missiles since then.

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"U.S. Navy commanders want both capability and flexibility to meet a wide variety of missions, and that's exactly what SM-6 offers," said Mike Campisi, Standard Missile-6 senior program director. "Its use is transforming defense."

Raytheon said the SM-6 in recent tests has shown expanded mission capability in anti-air warfare, sea-based terminal and anti-surface warfare.

The SM-6 is a multi-mission over-the-horizon air defense system and uses active and semi-active guidance modes and advanced fuzing. It also incorporates the advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities from Raytheon's AMRAAM Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.

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