US Navy executes four flight tests of Standard Missile-6 Block I

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The US Navy has successfully conducted four flight tests of the surface-to-air Standard Missile-6 Block I (SM-6 Blk I) off the Hawaiian coast, marking the next step towards full operational capability.

The US Navy has successfully conducted four flight tests of the surface-to-air Standard Missile-6 Block I (SM-6 Blk I) off the Hawaiian coast, marking the next step towards full operational capability.

The flight tests are the first to implement the latest SM-6 Blk I software, which involves air warfare, ballistic missile sea-based terminal defence, and anti-surface warfare capabilities.

Designated as Alpha, Bravo, Delta, and Golf, the trials are part of the SM-6 Blk I follow-on operational test and evaluation (FOT&E) events.

Programme Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) Surface Ship Weapons major programme manager Captain Michael Ladner said: “I’m very proud of my team for the seamless planning and execution of these flight tests, which are the culmination of disciplined systems engineering efforts.

“These latest flight test successes demonstrate once again the versatile capability of SM-6 Blk I. We’ve validated that the latest SM-6 Blk I tri-mission capable software is ready to be delivered to our sailors.”

When launched from an Aegis warship, the US Navy’s SM-6 offers an over-the-horizon engagement capability. The missile uses the latest in hardware and software missile technology.

In November 2013, the navy’s SM-6 programme attained initial operational capability. In January, the navy executed previous flight tests of the SM-6 Blk I.

 

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