The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Raytheon Co. a $422 M production contract for Standard Missile-2 Block IIIA and Block IIIB missiles. Raytheon will provide SM-2 missiles to the US Navy, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea and Japan. The SM-2 employs dual-mode infrared and radio frequency guidance to defeat target countermeasures. The SM-2 has demonstrated success against supersonic, sea-skimming missiles during high-G (gravity force) maneuvers.

“The flexibility and reliability of the SM-2 are unmatched and it has the longest range of any naval air defense in the world,” said Ron Shields, Raytheon Missile Systems Standard Missile program director. “That is why navies around the world continue to select it as their missile of choice for fleet air defense coverage.”

SM-2 has been the US Navy’s primary surface-to-air fleet defense weapon for more than three decades. It is capable of engaging anti-ship cruise missiles, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The latest versions of the missile feature improved guidance software.

“The SM-2 continues to evolve to meet the needs of the US Navy and allied navies,” said Kirk Johnson, the US Navy’s Standard Missile program manager. “This weapon system will help us counter the expanding array of threats the US Navy faces in the world today.”