Raytheon Company will make, test and deliver 44 Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptors under a US$466.9 million US Missile Defence Agency contract.
“This is the fiscal year 2018 contract under the initial 2015 contract announcement of US$2,351,177,872 for planned SM-3 fiscal year 2015-2018 production,” says Dr. Mitch Stevison, vice president of Raytheon’s Air and Missile Defence Systems.
The SM-3® Block IB interceptor has an improved, two-color infrared seeker and an advanced system of guidance rockets that help steer the missile’s kill vehicle into the target’s path.
The US Navy uses the missiles to provide regional defence against short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The SM-3® Block IB interceptor has a two-color infrared seeker and upgraded steering and propulsion capability that direct the missile toward incoming targets, destroying them on impact in space.
“Standard Missile-3 plays a critical role in the missile defence of the US and its allies,” says Stevison. “The missile’s deployment on land and at sea makes it invaluable to upper-tier missile defense in Europe and for US naval forces.”
The SM-3 IB interceptor was most recently tested in a multinational operational exercise off the coast of Scotland, where it intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target. The IB variant is operational at a land-based site in Romania.
Production under this contract will be completed at Raytheon’s Space Factory in Tucson, Arizona, and integration will take place at the company’s integration facility in Huntsville, Alabama.