The U.S. Navy fired two Raytheon Missile Systems SM-6 (Standard Missile-6) Dual I multimission guided missiles from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) combat ship during a recent test event, intercepting a medium-range ballistic missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight.
The SM-6 Dual I missile achieved initial operating capability in 2016, and is on track to achieve final operating capability. It was first tested in a flight test mission in August 2015.
The missile provides the U.S. Navy vessels with extended-range protection against aircraft, unmanned air vehicles, missiles in the terminal phase of flight, and an offensive capability against surface targets.
In April 2015, Raytheon Missile Systems delivered the first full-rate production SM-6 missile. It has delivered more than 315 SM-6 missiles with continuing production.