The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor, co-developed with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has larger rocket motors and a bigger, more capable kinetic warhead than previous SM-3 variants. It can engage threats sooner and protect larger regions from short-to-intermediate-range ballistic missile threats and now long-range ICBMs.
Raytheon builds and tests the SM-3 interceptor at its Huntsville, Alabama, plant on the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal post.
The company’s SM-3 family of interceptors has completed more intercepts than all other missiles combined, and it’s the only system that can be launched at sea or on land. Its flexibility expands protection options for combatant commanders and allies around the world that do not have ballistic missile-defense-enabled navies.
From early detection through engagement, Raytheon Technologies’ advanced sensors distributed on the ground, next-generation effectors and command-and-control system sensors work together to protect the U.S. and its allies from emerging threats.