RaytheonÂ and the U.S. Navy has completed a capabilities test of the company’s Standard Missile-3 Block IAÂ to evaluate the weapon’s work with aÂ satellite sensor system to pinpoint and destroy a medium-rangeÂ ballistic missile target.
Mitch Stevison, Raytheon program director for SM-3, said ThursdayÂ that this test isÂ the first time the Navy used cues from a space sensor system to guide an SM-3 intercept.
The SM-3 launchedÂ ahead of the ship sensors’ own functionÂ to pinpoint the threat,Â Raytheon said.
“We can give our naval warfighters extra time to analyze and respond, by providing target data before the ship can track the threat,” said Bill Hart, vice president of space systems for Raytheon’s space and airborne systems segment.
Raytheon said its sensors were installed on Northrop Grumman‘sÂ Space Tracking and Surveillance System-Demonstrator satellites worked to transmitÂ threat data to the USS Lake ErieÂ through a command, control, battle management and communications system.