Standard Family of Missiles

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Product Type:

Family of Surface-to-Air and
Surface-to-Surface Missiles

Using Service (US):


Program Status:

In Full Rate Production (SM-6)

Prime Contractor:

Raytheon Company

About the Standard Missile:

The Standard Family of Missiles consists of a range of air defense missiles including supersonic, medium, and extended range surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles. The Standard Missile is compatible with the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) featured on U.S. Navy CG 47 Ticonderoga Class AEGIS guided missile cruisers and DDG 51 Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS Destroyers.

The Standard Missile SM-2 Medium Range (RIM-66) and Extended Range (RIM-67) missiles are solid-propellant tail-controlled surface-to-air missiles. The SM-2 Block IIIB, SM-2 Block IV (RIM-156) and earlier variants are currently deployed.

Standard Missile SM-3 (RIM-161) is a variant being developed for the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, which is part of the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The AEGIS BMD system integrates SM-3 with the Aegis Weapon System aboard U.S. Navy missile cruisers to provide an umbrella of protection against short to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Just like the other variants of the Standard Missile, the SM-3 is compatible with the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS). Note that this page is dedicated to the SM-2 and SM-6 variants.

The newest Standard Missile variant, the SM-6, is a surface Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) missile, which provides area and ship self-defense. The missile is designed for use against fixed and rotary wing aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Land Attack Cruise Missiles (LACM), and Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles (ASCM) in flight. The SM-6 aka RIM-174 Standard ERAM meets the need for a vertically launched, extended range missile compatible with the AEGIS Weapon System to be used against extended range threats. The SM-6 Block I/IA combines the tested legacy of the SM-2 propulsion system and warhead with an active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker modified from the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). The new features allow for over-the-horizon engagements, enhanced capability at extended ranges and increased firepower. SM-6 missiles (and SM-3 missiles) are assembled at a 70,000 sq ft facility located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

SM-6 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) began in 2009. Raytheon delivered the first missile to the U.S. Navy in April 2011. In May 2013, Full Rate Production (FRP) was approved for the SM-6 and, in April 2015, Raytheon delivered the first FRP SM-6. On November 27, 2013, the SM-6 achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The Navy plans to purchase a total of 1,800 SM-6 missiles. In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) approved SM-6 missile sales to international customers.

On September 30, 2016, in the longest range surface-to-air intercept of its kind in naval history, an SM-6 successfully destroyed an over-the-horizon, threat target.

On January 23, 2017, the U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $235 million contract for SM-6 all-up round production missiles and spares.

SM-6 Production Forecast:

A 15-year Standard Missile SM-6 production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, SM-2 / SM-6 worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year SM-6 production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Missile Forecast service.


The mission of the Standard Family of Missiles is to provide all-weather, anti-aircraft and surface-to-surface armament for U.S. Navy AEGIS cruisers and destroyers. The most recent variant, SM-6, incorporates an AMRAAM seeker for increased performance, including an over-land capability.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - SM-6 DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Raytheon Co.

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