Naval Weapons

US performs new SM-6 tests ahead of FOC milestone

02 May 2017

The US Navy (USN) has successfully executed four flight tests of the Standard Missile-6 Block I (SM-6 Block I) missile off Hawaii in testing, supporting planned achievement of full operational capability (FOC) at the end of this year.

The live firings, performed from the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) between 6 and 13 April, were the first tests with the latest 'tri-mode' SM-6 Block I software embodying anti-air warfare (AAW), ballistic missile sea-based terminal (SBT) defence, and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capabilities.

Developed and manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems, the SM-6 Block I missile achieved initial operational capability in November 2013.

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