PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY,
Oct. 4, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- In a Missile Defense Agency test, the U.S. Navy fired a
Block IB, made by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), from the USS Lake Erie. The SM-3 eliminated the medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target at the highest altitude of any test to date.
"The next-generation SM-3 proved itself against a medium-range ballistic missile target at the highest altitude of any previous test. We remain on track to deliver this critical capability in time for a 2015 deployment in support of global combatant command requirements, and specifically phase two of the European Phased Adaptive Approach," said Dr.
, president of Raytheon Missile Systems.
The test was the 26th successful intercept for the SM-3 program and the fifth back-to-back successful test of the next-generation SM-3 Block IB guided missile.
"This highest intercept to date is a result of increasing the complexity of the testing scenarios, reflecting what we would see in an operational environment," said Dr.
, Raytheon Missile Systems' SM-3 program director. "The missile continues to perform, increasing confidence in the SM-3 Block IB's readiness for production."
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About the Standard Missile-3
SM-3s destroy incoming ballistic missile threats by colliding with them, a concept sometimes described as "hitting a bullet with a bullet." The impact is the equivalent of a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph.
- More than 155 SM-3s have been delivered to the U.S. and Japanese navies.
- Raytheon is on track to deliver the next-generation SM-3 Block IB in 2015.
- SM-3 Block IB will be deployed in both sea-based and land-based modes.
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