Protecting the mission and those carrying it out is paramount. Our modern ship self-defense weapons give navies around the world precision and firepower in four overlapping layers:  long range, medium range, short range and close-in.

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SM-3 missile being launched from a ship with fire blasting upward

SM-3 Interceptor

The SM-3® interceptor is a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy uses to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

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RAM Missile being shot from ship

RAM Missile

The RAM™ missile is a supersonic, quick-reaction system that uses active infrared seekers to destroy close-range threats, including helicopters and cruise missiles.

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ESSM missile launching from ship.

ESSM Missile

The ESSM® guided missile provides intermediate-range protection against cruise missiles, helicopters and other ships.

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SM-2 missile being deployed off a destroyer

SM-2 Missile

The SM-2™ missile chases threats closer to the water's surface, defending against anti-ship missiles and aircraft out to 90 nautical miles.

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A Plalanx rapid-firing from the deck of a ship

Phalanx System

The Phalanx® weapon system is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that acquires, tracks and destroys close-in threats that have penetrated other ship defenses.

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