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Raytheon Updates Standard Missile-3 Interceptor Software; Mitch Stevison Comments

Raytheon Updates Standard Missile-3 Interceptor Software; Mitch Stevison Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Raytheon logo_EbizRaytheon has updated the kill vehicle software of its Standard Missile-3 system that is designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missile threats.

The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency are slated to test the company’s SM-3 Block IB weapon fitted with the new software this year, Raytheon said Wednesday.

“We’re proving it’s possible to significantly improve the SM-3 Block IB’s capability without having to go through the process of breaking apart the missile and then rebuilding again,” said Mitch Stevison, a Raytheon senior program director.

The company designed the interceptor with a two-color infrared seeker and a throttleable divert and attitude control technology that works to propel the weapon towards its target in space.

Raytheon performed the SM-3 software upgrade work at the company’s space factory in Tucson, Arizona.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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