US Navy takes out medium-range ballistic missile target -- for first time using both Raytheon-made SM-3, space sensor

  US Navy takes out medium-range ballistic missile target -- for first time
                 using both Raytheon-made SM-3, space sensor

PR Newswire


PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, KAUAI, Hawaii, Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Standard Missile-3 Block IA fired from the USS
Lake Erie destroyed a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target using
tracking data from a remote Raytheon sensor payload on the Space Tracking and
Surveillance System-Demonstrator (STSS-D) satellites.

"This test further expands our confidence in the SM-3's ability to engage
targets using remote, netted sensor targeting," said Wes Kremer, Raytheon
Missile Systems' vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems. "Launching
on remote is important because it extends the engagement range of the missile,
allowing ships with the SM-3 to expand the battlespace and eliminate threats

The MRBM target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. As it
rose above the horizon, the target was acquired and tracked by STSS-D. Threat
data was then relayed through the Command, Control, Battle Management and
Communications (C2BMC) system to the ship. The ship's crew fired the SM-3
based on STSS track data and before the ship's radar acquired the target.

"STSS-D's unique vantage point in space allows the sensor payload to see the
threat early in its trajectory and provide launch quality data sooner than
nearly any other option," said Bill Hart, vice president of Space Systems for
Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business. "We can give our naval
warfighters extra time to analyze and respond, by providing target data before
the ship can track the threat. That's a tremendous advantage."

The test proves the "launch on remote" concept, which was first demonstrated
during testing in April 2011 when a U.S. Navy destroyer used track data
provided by a Raytheon-made AN/TPY-2 radar deployed on Wake Island to engage
and destroy an intermediate-range ballistic missile target using an SM-3 Block

About the Standard Missile-3
The SM-3 guided missile is designed to destroy incoming short-, medium-, and
intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space,
a concept sometimes described as "hitting a bullet with a bullet." The missile
does not contain an explosive warhead, but instead destroys the threats using
sheer impact, equivalent to a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph.

  oMore than 135 SM-3s have been delivered to U.S. and Japanese navies ahead
    of schedule and under cost.
  oRaytheon is on track to deliver the next-generation SM-3 Block IB guided
    missile in 2014.
  oSM-3 Block IB guided missile will be deployed in both afloat and ashore
    weapons systems.
  oThe test marks the 22nd successful intercept for the SM-3 program.

About the Space Tracking and Surveillance System-Demonstrator Satellites
STSS-D is a research and development capability for the Ballistic Missile
Defense System that can detect and track ballistic missiles and other cold
objects in space. Raytheon sensors used on the payloads were developed under
contract to Northrop Grumman, prime contractor for the STSS-D program.

  oSTSS-D consists of two satellites carrying sensor payloads in a low-Earth
  oThe satellites demonstrate the value of space-based sensors to missile
  oThe STSS-D payloads are able to detect infrared and visible light.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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