Raytheon ship-defense missiles hit mark in long-range test

2013-08-24T00:00:00Z Raytheon ship-defense missiles hit mark in long-range testArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Two advanced ship-defense missiles made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems hit their marks in the program's first long-distance test shot at sea, the company said.

In the recent test at the Point Mugu Sea Range off Southern California, the U.S. Navy fired two of Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 interceptors from the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville, successfully engaging two cruise-missile target drones in the missile’s first "over-the-horizon" test scenario at sea, Raytheon said.

The SM-6, the latest version of the Standard Missile series of ship-defense weapons, adds active radar that enables the missile to track targets beyond the range of ship-based radars, for extended-range protection against manned and unmanned aircraft, and cruise missiles.

Raytheon delivered its first SM-6 production missile in February; Raytheon says the test keep the SM-6 on track to reach initial operating capability this year.

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