WASHINGTON, October 24 (RIA Novosti) - Two US missile interceptors were tested against cruise missile targets during the US Navy's Combat Ship Qualification Trials in the Pacific, interceptor designer Raytheon Company announced on Friday.
"Advanced warning and cueing from another sensor or ship allows the US Navy to take full advantage of SM-6's over-the-horizon capability. The warfighter does not have to wait until the threat is knocking at the door to take it out," Standard Missile-6 senior program director Mike Campisi said in a written statement.
Targets are destroyed sooner and one ship can defend a larger area, Campisi said.
During the test, the first interceptor took out a short-range supersonic rocket while the other halted smaller low-altitude, medium range target drone. Interceptors were fired by Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville.
Raytheon called the missile tests a success.
SM-6 provides protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles. According to Raytheon, the interceptors are equipped with their own individualized radar system aimed to detect the movement of its target.
Raytheon has delivered more than 130 Standard Missile-6 interceptors to the US Navy.
The interceptors final assembly takes place at Redstone Arsenal Army post in Huntsville, Alabama.
Raytheon had sales of $24 billion in 2013 and touts itself as an electronics, mission systems and command control communications company based in Waltham, Massachusetts.