Raytheon’s SM-3 Intercepts Ballistic Missile in NATO Exercise

24.10.2017 North America
Raytheon’s SM-3 Intercepts Ballistic Missile in NATO Exercise

Raytheon’s SM-3 Intercepts Ballistic Missile in NATO Exercise

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A Raytheon-built Standard Missile-3 intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target at sea as part of a multinational operational exercise off the coast of Scotland.

The NATO-led exercise, Formidable Shield 17, was an integrated air and missile defense exercise simulating real-life threat scenarios. The event, supported by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy, was designed to evaluate the ability of allied navies' ballistic missile and air warfare defenses to work together quickly and effectively to defeat incoming threats.  

In addition to the SM-3 intercept, Standard Missile-2 and Evolved Seasparrow Missile conducted simulated target engagements of cruise missiles.

“Real-world events demand real-world testing. Strong cooperation between allied nations and industry helps ensure we are ready to defeat complex threats around the world,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems President.

Raytheon’s innovative and trusted solutions are designed to protect the U.S. and its allies from ever-advancing threats. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States were among the NATO nations that participated in Formidable Shield. The exercise built upon a previous At Sea Demonstration in 2015, with a focus on real-world operations.

The SM-3 interceptor is deployed at sea as part of the U.S. contribution to Europe's ballistic missile defense. The first land-based SM-3 site became fully operational in Romania in 2016, and the Poland site is expected to be in service next year.

Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.

With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. 

Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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