One missile skims the waves to avoid being seen. Another can loiter for hours, shift course on command and strike a moving target with pinpoint accuracy. A third can strike targets in the air and on the sea, including ballistic missiles.
This trio of advanced weapons — Raytheon Technologies' Naval Strike Missile, Tomahawk cruise missile and SM-6® missile — protect U.S. Navy sailors and defend the fleet.
Naval Strike Missile
NSM is a long-range precision missile that strikes heavily defended land and sea targets. The missile, with a range of up to 100 nautical miles, flies at low altitudes and uses advanced seeker and target-identification tech.
In 2018, the Navy selected the Naval Strike Missile for its over-the-horizon defense of littoral combat ships and future frigates. Raytheon Technologies has teamed with Norway’s Kongsberg to bring the fifth-generation missile stateside.
“As we take these initial steps for domestic production, it’s clear the important role this missile will play for the U.S. Navy,” said Randy Kempton, a program director for Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies.
The company is building the Naval Strike Missile’s U.S. supply chain, which will provide parts and create jobs for more than two dozen suppliers. Early stages of production are already underway, with missile launchers set to be produced in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 2019, the U.S. Marine Corps adopted the NSM, which helps to share costs and enhances interoperability with the Navy.