Standard Missile-6 (SM-6)
U.S. Navy Arlington United States
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The Standard Missile-6 SM-6 Extended Range Active Missile ERAM is designed to provide ship self-defense, fleet area defense, and theater air defense for sea and littoral forces. Raytheon Missile Systems has been chosen as the sole source contractor for SM-6 ERAM Block I. The SM-6 ERAM is a surface-to-air supersonic missile, launched from AEGIS Cruisers and Destroyers, capable of successfully engaging manned and unmanned, fixed or rotary wing aircraft and land attack or Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles in flight. The SM-6 ERAM program is an evolutionary, capabilities based acquisition program that will use spiral development to produce an initial Block I capability, with follow-on blocks to pace emerging threat systems as required. In addition to an extended range, the initial SM-6 ERAM Block I will have active missile seeker homing for improved flight responsiveness, guidance, sub-clutter visibility, and countermeasures resistance over present SM-2 missiles and willbe Engage-On-Remote intercept capable. SM-6 will be an effective weapon that will apply timely, precise, accurate and lethal fire power against cruise missile threats and launch platforms in a fleet area defense role and over hostile territory. SM-6 will provide in-flight destruction capabilities over the total flight path. SM-6 may be employed in concert with the developing Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Family of Systems to provide continuous protection to forward deployed maneuver forces as well as theater rear assets.