Raytheon Missiles & Protection, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $231,687,410 modification to a beforehand awarded contract to acquire Commonplace Missile-2 (SM-2) manufacturing necessities together with all up rounds, instrumentation kits, engineering companies and to definitize the long-lead-material undefinitized contract motion in assist of the governments of South Korea, Denmark, Taiwan, Netherlands, Spain, Chile, Japan, and Germany. Work is predicted to be full by December 2026. The U.S. Naval Sea Methods Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting exercise. Raytheon Missiles & Protection reconfigured and modernized its SM-2 missile manufacturing facility to extend manufacturing efficiencies. It additionally signed new agreements with a number of suppliers.

The Commonplace Missile-2 (SM-2) household was developed to offer air and cruise missile protection as a part of the Aegis Fight System on U.S. Navy ships. The RIM-66C/D Commonplace MR (SM-2MR Block I) was developed within the Seventies and was a key a part of the Aegis fight system and New Menace Improve (NTU). Initially developed to switch the Commonplace Missile-1 surface-to-air missile, the Commonplace Missile collection emphasised modularity in design to make upgrading the missiles simpler as know-how developed. The SM-1 and SM-2 had been repeatedly upgraded by means of Block. The SM-2 Blocks II, III, and IV every makes use of semi-active radar homing and have a blast-fragment warhead with a radar and phone fuse. The SM2 additionally has an prolonged air protection functionality and it has a secondary anti-surface ship mission.


U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG-55) launches Commonplace Missile 2 (SM 2)(Photograph by U.S. Navy/Protection Visible Data Distribution Service)

The household of SM-2 interceptors is all solid-fueled and tail managed, designed to launch from both a Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) or Mk 26 Guided Missile Launching System (GMLS). Most variations of the SM-2 are designed to have interaction high-speed, high-altitude anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM) with midcourse steering and radar assist from the ship’s methods to assist illuminate the goal throughout the terminal intercept part. The missile’s autopilot is programmed to fly essentially the most environment friendly path to the goal and might obtain course corrections from the bottom. Goal illumination for semi-active homing is required just for just a few seconds within the terminal part of the interception.

The SM-2 has performed greater than 2,700 profitable reside firings. They’re now mostly launched from the Mk 41 VLS, which is a modular design idea with totally different variations that modify in measurement and weight. There are three lengths for this VLS: 209 in (530 cm) for the self-defense model, 266 in (680 cm) for the tactical model, and 303 in (770 cm) for the strike model. In June 2017, Raytheon introduced it was restarting the SM-2 manufacturing line to meet purchases made by the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. Manufacturing had stopped in 2013 from an absence of worldwide orders. New deliveries of SM-2 Block IIIA and IIIB missiles are scheduled to start in 2020. America Navy is dedicated to preserving the Commonplace Missile 2 medium-range viable till 2035.

U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) is a launches SM-2 missile
U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) is a launches Commonplace Missile 2 (SM 2) missile (Photograph by U.S. Navy/Protection Visible Data Distribution Service)