Raytheon Missiles & Protection, a Raytheon Applied sciences enterprise, is awarded an $867 million Missile Protection Company contract to ship SM-3®Block IIAs to america and companions. The SM-3 interceptor is a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy makes use of to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The interceptor makes use of sheer drive, slightly than an explosive warhead, to destroy targets in house. Its “kill car” hits threats with the drive of a 10-ton truck touring 600 mph. This system, known as “hit-to-kill,” has been likened to intercepting a bullet with one other bullet.

The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor has bigger rocket motors than earlier variations. (Photograph by Raytheon Missiles & Protection)

“The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor was developed in partnership with Japan, and it contains a bigger rocket motor and kinetic warhead that permit it to defend broader areas from long-range ballistic missile threats,” stated Tay Fitzgerald, president of Strategic Missile Protection at Raytheon Missiles & Protection. “Our sturdy cooperation with Japanese trade was important to the event of this next-generation answer that may defeat complicated threats world wide from sea and land.”


US Navy Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test Against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Target
U.S. Navy Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Take a look at in opposition to an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Goal (ICBM). (Photograph by Raytheon Missiles & Protection)

The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor’s kinetic warhead has been enhanced, enhancing the search, discrimination, acquisition and monitoring capabilities, to deal with superior and rising threats. The missile intercepted a sophisticated ballistic missile menace in its first dwell goal take a look at in early 2017. The SM-3 interceptor is a crucial piece of the Phased Adaptive Method for missile protection in Europe. The interceptor is being carried by U.S. Navy ships deployed off Europe’s coast and is now operational at a land-based website in Romania, additional enhancing Europe’s safety.

The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii successfully conduct the FTI-03 test on Dec. 10, 2018.
The SM-3® Block IIA interceptor used the AN/TPY-2 radar’s “engage-on-remote” know-how to destroy a goal. (Photograph by Raytheon Missiles & Protection)

The extremely modified SM-3 Block IIA missile shares solely the first-stage motor with the Block I. The Block IIA was “designed to permit for Japan to guard in opposition to a North Korean assault with fewer deployed ships” however additionally it is the important thing ingredient of the EPAA part 3 deployment in Europe. The Block IIA is being collectively developed by Raytheon and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; the latter manages “the third-stage rocket motor and nostril cone”. The U.S. budgeted price so far is $1.51 billion for the Block IIA. On 16 November 2020, an SM-3 Block IIA efficiently intercepted a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) goal for the primary time.