New Raytheon missile detection device test-fired by U.S. Navy
By Ty Young
Tech News Arizona
The U.S. Navy flight tested Raytheon's new Standard Missile-2 target detecting device.
Credit: U.S. Navy
Raytheon's latest generation of warship defense missiles scored another hit as the U.S. Navy flight tested the company's Standard Missile-2 target detecting device. The launch represented the lowest altitude intercept missile to date.
The SM-2 missiles production is comprised of three variants, the Block IIIA, Block IIIB, and the Block III. The Block IIIB is the most recent variant and includes a side-mounted imaging infrared seeker that compliments its missile guidance system.
This infrared device allows the Block IIIB to travel at low altitudes when acquiring and engaging a target. The 15-foot-long, one-foot-wide missile has a range of 90 nautical miles and travels at speeds faster than Mach 3. It weighs more than 1,500 pounds and can reach heights up to 65,000 feet.
"These tests demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of SM-2 as it continues to evolve," said Ron Shields, Raytheon Missile Systems Standard Missile program director. "The SM-2's ability to successfully employ this new target detecting device against challenging targets enhances the missile's usefulness to the warfighter."
The SM-2 carries a high explosive warhead and uses a dual-thrust, solid-propellant rocket motor.
The majority of SM-2 missiles are built by Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson. The company is a business unit of the Raytheon Company, which is one of the country's largest military contractors.