Naval Weapons

Surface Navy 2017: SM-6 upgrade to begin flight testing in 2017

12 January 2017

Key Points

  • At-sea testing of the SM-6 Block IA missile is expected to start later in 2017
  • Full-rate production is due to commence in 2018

Flight testing of an improved Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) all-up-round for the US Navy (USN) will start later in 2017, ahead of planned full-rate production in 2018.

Known as SM-6 Block IA, the modified variant builds on the existing in-service Block I but adds a GPS receiver, modified software, and other undisclosed changes to introduce improved capability into the missile.

Raytheon Missile Systems is responsible for the design and manufacture of the SM-6 line, originally developed to meet the USN's need for an extended range active anti-air warfare missile.

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