Raytheon announced yesterday that SM-6 is now ready to reach full operational capability, after completing a complex series of U.S. Navy flight tests. Four SM-6 missiles were fired throughout the testing, each against a single shore-launched, sub- or supersonic target. All four test missions were successful.
Capable of anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and terminal ballistic missile defence, the SM-6 is fully ready for deployment in all three modes at sea according to Raytheon's SM-6 senior program director Mike Campisi.
Raytheon has delivered more than 330 SM-6 missiles so far and the U.S. Department of Defence approved the release of SM-6 to several international customers in early 2017.