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Raytheon's latest Navy missile hits distance record
« on: October 02, 2016, 05:38:06 PM »
Raytheon's latest Navy missile hits distance record
By David Wichner | The Arizona Daily Star (Tribune News Service) | Published: September 30, 2016

A naval missile made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems destroyed a missile target in the longest surface-to-air intercept of its kind, the company and the U.S. Navy said Friday.

In a test at the Point Mugu Test Range off the California coast on Sept. 22, a Raytheon Standard Missile-6 was launched by the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton and successfully destroyed an “over-the-horizon” threat target using targeting data from a remote, airborne sensor.

The distance of the intercept was not disclosed, but Raytheon said it broke the previous long-range intercept record in January of this year — a milestone the company set itself in 2014.

First deployed by the Navy in 2013, the supersonic SM-6 was developed from the SM-2 series of ship-defense missiles to counter longer-range threats from manned and unmanned fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles in their final phase of flight. In March, the Navy awarded Raytheon a $275 million contract for SM-6 production.

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