A key element of the Missile Defense Agency's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System is the Raytheon-built STANDARD Missile. Several variations of the STANDARD Missile (SM), including SM-2, SM-3 IA, SM-3 IB, SM-3 IIA, and SM-6, are currently deployed or in development, providing U.S. and allied troops with unparalleled missile defense capabilities both above and inside the atmosphere.
- Mar. 26, 2020 - Raytheon Press Release: Raytheon, Aerojet Rocketdyne strike $1 billion strategic sourcing deal for Standard Missile programs
Aerojet Rocketdyne components support several variations of the Standard Missile. The Mk 72 booster and Mk 104 dual-thrust rocket motor provide first and second stage propulsion. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System (TDACS) helps maneuver the kinetic warhead of some of the SM-3 variants into the target for the final hit-to-kill impact.
Aerojet Rocketdyne incorporated throttling solid rocket technology advancements into the TDACS design to provide increased mission flexibility to the warfighter while maintaining the safety features of solid propellant.
- SM-3 Interceptor's page from Raytheon's Website
- Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense page from MDA Website
- Dec. 20, 2018 - Aerojet Rocketdyne Plays Role in Successful Intercept by Raytheon’s SM-3 Block IIA Missile
- Oct. 26, 2018 - Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Critical to Successful Intercept Test for SM-3 Block IIA Missile
- Oct. 17, 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Supports NATO's "Formidable Shield" Missile Defense Test
- Feb. 4, 2017 - U.S. Completes First Successful SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test
- Aug. 26, 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Delivery of 100th SM-3 Block IB TDACS
- June 6, 2015 - Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion Critical to Inaugural SM-3 Block IIA Flight Test
- Nov. 6, 2014 - Aerojet Rocketdyne Delivers 100 Percent Mission Success with SM-3 Block IB Intercept Test
- Oct. 28, 2009 - Aerojet Celebrates 5,000th Mk 104 Motor Shipment for Navys Standard Missile Programs