Raytheon's New Missile Defense Interceptor will Provide Greater Protection


Reading time ( words)

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon Company a $543 million contract to produce and deliver up to 17 Standard Missile-3(SM-3) Block IIA interceptors for operational testing and initial deployment.

SM-3 Block IIA is a cooperatively developed joint program with the MDA and Japan Ministry of Defense. The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor will dramatically expand the range and capability from the current SM-3 Block IA and IB interceptors enabling more mission flexibility on both Japanese and U.S. Aegis ships.

This new variant of the SM-3 features larger rocket motors and a more capable kill vehicle, which will provide faster speeds and greater range, protecting larger regions of land. Its versatility permits use at sea or on land, with no modification to the missile – a trait unique to the SM-3 family of ballistic missile defense interceptors.

"SM-3 Block IIA plays a pivotal role in Phase 3 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach through its proven technology and adaptability to an evolving security environment," said Dr. Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Air & Missile Defense vice president. "SM-3 Block IIA remains on schedule for both land and sea deployment in 2018, enabling a greater degree of protection than ever before for our U.S. deployed forces and NATO allies."

Production under this contract will be completed at Raytheon facilities in Tucson, Ariz., Huntsville, Ala., Andover, Mass., and Goleta, Calif.

About Standard Missile-3

SM-3s destroy incoming ballistic missile threats in space using nothing more than sheer impact, which is equivalent to a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph.

  • More than 230 SM-3s have been delivered to date.
  • SM-3 Block IB will be deployed at sea and ashore in late 2015.
  • SM-3 Block IIA is on track for deployment at sea and ashore in 2018 in Poland.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cybersecurity and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.

Share

Print


Suggested Items

Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Billings at $13.3 Billion in 2Q19; Down 20%

09/12/2019 | SEMI
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached $13.3 billion in the second quarter of 2019, down 20% from the same quarter of 2018 and 3% from than the previous quarter.

NASA's SOHO Celebrates 20 Years of Space-based Science

12/01/2015 | NASA
After 20 years in space, ESA and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, is still going strong. Originally launched in 1995 to study the sun and its influence out to the very edges of the solar system, SOHO revolutionized this field of science, known as heliophysics, providing the basis for nearly 5,000 scientific papers. SOHO also found an unexpected role as the greatest comet hunter of all time—reaching 3,000 comet discoveries in September 2015.



Copyright © 2021 I-Connect007. All rights reserved.