Pentagon defense procurement council issued an order from Raytheon at the beginning of full-scale mass production of anti-aircraft missiles extended range SM-6 (according to media reports, destruction range is 130 miles, or 240 km, 33 km height defeat, flight speed 3.5M — approx . «VP»). These missiles in 2013 will provide the U.S. Navy ships distant zone defense to attack aircraft, helicopters, drones and cruise missiles, reports ASDNews May 22.
«SM-6 will reach initial operational capability in this year and will be a monumental milestone and a new era of defense of our ships,» said vice president of air and missile defense systems from Raytheon Wes Kremer (Wes Kremer).
In February this year, the company delivered the first rocket produced in a new manufacturing facility arsenal «Redstone» (Huntsville,. Alabama). Complex area of 70 thousand square meters. feet (not counting the SM-6 also produced missile SM-3) resettled the most advanced equipment and technology that will allow to improve the production process and reduce costs.
«The first delivery of SM-6 missiles nizkoseriynogo initial production was carried out in February 2011 ahead of schedule 6 months. First rocket polnoseriynogo production will be delivered to the Navy by April 2015, in other words, three months earlier than the date stipulated in the contract, «said a senior program director of Standard Missile-1/2/6 Kampisi Mike (Mike Campisi).
SAM SM-6 provides settlement-horizon air targets with the introduction of proven technology airframe and engines missiles Series SM. The missile is armed as a semiactive and active radar homing, improved warhead fuze, has advanced signal processing and system capacity guidance applied to SD improved AIM-120 AMRAAM class «air-air» also from Raytheon