the Navy and Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab
partnered to carry out the modification development. Sea-Based
Terminal Defense is the Navy's operational concept to intercept
short-range ballistic missiles as they reach the terminal phase
of their trajectory. The Standard Missile 2 Block IV will provide
such defense until a more capable system can be fielded. Raytheon
is also developing the follow on interceptor missile, known
as Active Radar Standard Missile 6, to be deployed in 2010.
The new missile will be capable of intercepting targets, including
cruise missile, at long-range, over- the-horizon counter. Standard
Missile 6 will also have an inherent capability to fulfill the
sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense requirement.
This production delivery follows the successful Pacific Phoenix
where a Near Term Sea-Based Terminal missile successfully intercepted
a Lance target in May 2006.