Raytheon recently delivered the first full-rate production round of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) to the U.S. Navy after a flawless series of flight tests in 2014. The move to full-rate production is a key milestone that demonstrates the program’s maturity. Here are six things you should know about this new air and missile defense interceptor.
1. U.S. Navy wants to immediately deploy lots of them
The most recent delivery of SM-6 to the U.S. Navy is the first of many. Commanders around the globe want as many of these missiles as they can get their hands on, and the Navy plans to purchase 1,800.