The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has confirmed its intention to sole-source Raytheon Missile Systems for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and low-rate initial production (LRIP) of an improved Block IIIC variant of the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) anti-air warfare missile.
NAVSEA has also revealed that the SM-2 Block IIIC all-up-round (AUR) will share the same seeker as the USN’s SM-6 extended range active missile.
Being developed under the SM-2 Improvement Program, the SM-2 Block IIIC is intended to upgrade existing SM-2 Block IIIA/Block IIIB missiles with an active radar homing capability. Existing SM-2 rounds use a semi-active radar homing seeker.
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