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First SM-2 from restarted production line tested

27th February 2020 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The first SM-2 surface-to-air missile from Raytheon’s restarted production line has been tested by the company and the US Navy.

During the test, the SM-2 Block IIIB missile launched, flew and provided accurate telemetry data to the range, and engaged an airborne navy target.

SM-2 is designed to enable navies to defend against anti-ship missiles and aircraft.

The production line was restarted in June 2017 to meet global demand. The programme invested in new equipment and improved manufacturing processes to increase efficiencies.

Mitch Stevison, Raytheon strategic and naval systems vice president, said: ‘The SM-2 is in high demand because of its advanced capabilities and history of more than 2,700 successful flight tests from US Navy and international ships. Navies worldwide have relied on this missile and it will continue to provide fleet protection for decades to come.’

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