Raytheon Missile Systems is being awarded a contract modification, worth around $7 million, in support of the Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) and Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) shipborne air defense missiles.
The modification is to exercise an option of the original contract for Standard Missile-2 and Standard Missile-6 engineering and technical services to ensure continuity in production, design integrity, and total systems integration of the missile round and its components.
Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by December 2019.
The contracting activity is the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, District of Columbia. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding; foreign military sales (FMS) funding to the countries of Taiwan; Australia; Germany; Japan; and Republic of Korea; and fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding will be obligated at contract award.
The Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) is a fleet-area air defense weapon that provides anti-air warfare (AAW) and limited anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capability against advanced anti-ship missiles (AShM) and aircraft.
SM-2 is the second generation of Standard missile, the Standard Missile 2 and was developed for the Aegis combat system, and New Threat Upgrade program.
With a range of 90 nautical miles and an altitude of 65,000 feet, the SM-2 is an integral part of layered defense that protects naval assets, giving warfighters greater operational flexibility.
RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM)/ Standard Missile 6 (SM-6)
RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM), or Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) is a missile in current production for the United States Navy.
It was designed for extended range anti-air warfare (ER-AAW) purposes providing capability against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight, both over sea and land. It can also be used as a high speed anti-ship missile.
The missile uses the airframe of the earlier SM-2ER Block IV (RIM-156A) missile, adding the active radar homing seeker from the AIM-120C AMRAAM in place of the semi-active seeker of the previous design. The SM-6 is not meant to replace the SM-2 series of missiles, but will serve alongside and provide extended range and increased firepower.