August 30, 2017

Raytheon successfully tests anti-warfare missile

Defense contractor Raytheon successfully tested a missile designed to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile.

Defense contractor Raytheon, with locations in Northborough and Marlborough, announced Wednesday a missile designed to intercept a ballistic missile was successfully tested at sea.

The SM-6 missile has been previously tested to perform anti-air warfare and anti-surface warfare, but tests now prove the missile can defend more advanced ballistic missiles at sea, according to a press release.

A ballistic missile was fired into the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii, but was intercepted in it's final seconds of flight by the SM-6 missile fired from a U.S. Navy ship at sea.

"Earlier this year, our customer requested an enhanced capability to deal with a sophisticated medium-range ballistic missile threat," said Mike Campisi, Raytheon's SM-6 senior program director. "We did all this – the analysis, coding and testing – in seven months; a process that normally takes one to two years."

The missile is already deployed on U.S. Navy Ships and tests show the versatile missile can destroy ballistic missiles fired over the ocean.

The test comes during heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea after the secretive regime has tested ballistic missiles believed capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Raytheon has already delivered 330 of the missiles and has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to sell the weapons to U.S. allied nations.


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