Raytheon re­ceives con­tract for SM-3


The Mis­sile De­fense Agency awarded Raytheon a $230 mil­lion con­tract for 14 Stan­dard Mis­sile-3 Block IA mis­siles and five SM-3 Block IB mis­siles. The SM-3 Block IA mis­siles will bol­ster the na­tion’s in­ven­tory that is de­ployed around the world to­day aboard US and Ja­panese Navy ships.

De­signed to de­stroy short- to in­ter­me­di­ate-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile threats in space, Raytheon’s SM-3 Block IB in­cludes an en­hanced two-colour in­frared seeker for bet­ter tar­get dis­crim­i­na­tion.

This im­proved SM-3, which was re­cently suc­cess­ful in two back-to-back flight tests in May and June 2012, also has a throt­tleable di­vert and at­ti­tude con­trol sys­tem that al­lows the ki­netic war­head to pro­pel it­self

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