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