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.
Sophisticated multi-mission 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
The weapon can protect ships against ballistic missiles in their final phase of flight.
The SM-6 missile has demonstrated the ability to hit a surface target, and it can strike from any ship or location, supporting the Navy’s pursuit of sea control.
Raytheon Missiles & Defense has upgraded the software on the SM-6 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 multi-mission missile is getting faster. The latest variant, the SM-6 Block IB, has a redesigned body and larger rocket motor.
The SM-6 is deployable on 60 surface ships, and the company has already delivered more than 500 missiles to the Navy. Final assembly and testing of the missile takes place at the company’s production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.