Raytheon’s portfolio of naval strike weapons SM-6 missile, Tomahawk and Naval Strike Missile are ready today to meet the mission needs of the future. Range and capabilities of Raytheon’s advanced naval strike portfolio are complementary for layered offensive and defensive solutions across platforms to enable distributed lethality. Continuous upgrades enhance Tomahawk missile’s communications, navigation and warhead. SM-6 missile is upgraded via software, not hardware, to enable multi-mission capabilities unlike any other missile. Naval Strike Missile is the only active fifth generation missile, with multiple innovations and advancements. Raytheon’s advanced naval strike portfolio is already integrated and configured on the VLS, making our solutions ready now – not years from now – to meet today’s threats.
Deployed on cruisers and destroyers in the U.S. Navy, the SM-6 missile provides Joint Force and Strike Force Commanders fleet air defense against all types of aircraft – manned and unmanned; land-attack anti-ship cruise missiles in flight; ballistic missiles in their terminal, or final, stage of flight over land or sea; and targets on the ocean’s surface. The missile is subsequently considered a triple threat, providing anti-air warfare, sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense and anti-surface warfare. The SM-6 missile is the most affordable missile per defended area and threat set and continues to perform beyond expectations and its original intended mission. It’s now one missile with three missions. Vertically launched from a MK 41 VLS canister, the SM-6 missile is compatible with existing AEGIS cruisers and destroyers and future cruisers and destroyers.
Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile can circle for hours, shift course instantly on command and beam a picture of its target to controllers halfway around the world before striking with pinpoint accuracy. Tomahawk can be launched from a ship or submarine and can fly into heavily defended airspace more than 1,000 miles away to conduct precise strikes on high-value targets with minimal collateral damage. Launching the weapon from such a long distance helps to keep sailors out of harm’s way. The Tomahawk missile is a highly accurate, GPS-enabled precision weapon that the U.S. and allied militaries have used more than 2,000 times in combat, and flight-tested 500 times.
The Naval Strike Missile will immediately advance the U.S. Navy’s vision of distributed lethality, ensuring sea control and freedom of the seas. Raytheon and Kongsberg will arm today’s littoral combat ships and future frigates with the Naval Strike Missile, a key step in making the U.S. Navy’s vision a reality. The Naval Strike Missile is a long-range, precision strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 100 nautical miles away. The stealthy missile flies at sea-skimming altitude, has terrain-following capability and uses an advanced seeker for precise targeting in challenging conditions.