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.
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
- Jan. 4, 2010 - Aerojet to Provide Mk 125 Warhead for Standard Missile System
- Oct. 28, 2009 - Aerojet Celebrates 5,000th Mk 104 Motor Shipment for Navys Standard Missile Programs
- 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