Raytheon SM-6 Conducts Navy’s Longest Range Surface-to-Air Intercept

MissileDefenseRaytheon‘s Standard Missile-6 has set a record for the U.S. Navy‘s longest range surface-to-air intercept after the missile engaged an over-the-horizon target.

The company said Friday the SM-6 was deployed from the Navy’s USS Princeton cruiser that features an Aegis baseline 9 combat system.

The missile also broke its own record in January after SM-6 surpassed its June 2014 milestone when it engaged the longest range cruise missile target, Raytheon added.

Raytheon rolled out the first full-rate production SM-6 from its Redstone Arsenal facility in April 2015.

SM-6 is built to provide over-the-horizon air defense to protect Navy vessels against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles.

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