The U.S. Navy recently carried out a firing test of Raytheon‘s Standard Missile-6 weapon that aims to protect vessels against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, cruise missiles and drones.
Two SM-6 interceptors launched from the USS Chancellorsville and engaged targets over a sea test range at Point Mugu, Calif., Raytheon said Friday.
Jim Normoyle, a program director at Raytheon Missile Systems, said the weapon is scheduled to undergo combat systems ship qualification trials in November.
Raytheon delivered the first SM-6 to the Navy in February and received approval from the Defense Acquisition Board to begin full-rate production in May.
SM-6 incorporates guidance control and signal processing technology derived from the company’s advanced medium-range air-to-air missile.