The SM-6® missile is three missiles in one. It's the only weapon that can perform anti-air warfare, ballistic missile defense and anti-surface warfare missions. The system offers navies more flexibility in limited ship space—and it’s enabling the U.S. and its allies to cost-effectively increase the offensive might of surface forces.
SM-6 "Dual -1" missile intercept test
Sophisticated multi-mission warfare
Anti-air warfare: SM-6 delivered on its initial mission to provide anti-air warfare support to the U.S. Navy by engaging manned and unmanned aircraft attacks and cruise missiles.
Ballistic missile defense: In 2015, the weapon demonstrated it could protect ships against ballistic missiles in their final phase of flight.
Anti-surface warfare: The SM-6 missile hit its first surface target in 2016, which supported the Navy’s concept of distributed lethality, or the ability to strike from any ship or location.
Raytheon Missiles & Defense upgraded the software on the SM-6 in 2017 to better engage medium-range, ballistic missile threats. This led to a successful interception of such a target in its final seconds of flight.
The company continues to refine the weapon’s guidance system. The latest variant, the SM-6 Block IA missile, passed its final land-based test in 2017, moving it to at-sea testing in 2019.
The SM-6 is deployable on 60 surface ships, and the company has already delivered more than 500 missiles to the Navy. Final assembly of the missile takes place at the company’s production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.