Standard Family of Missiles

About the Standard Missile:

The Standard Family of Missiles consists of a range of air defense missiles including supersonic, medium, and extended range surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles. The Standard Missile is compatible with the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) featured on U.S. Navy CG 47 Ticonderoga Class AEGIS guided missile cruisers and DDG 51 Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS Destroyers.

The Standard Missile SM-2 Medium Range (RIM-66) and Extended Range (RIM-67) missiles are solid-propellant tail-controlled surface-to-air missiles. The SM-2 Block IIIB, SM-2 Block IV (RIM-156) and earlier variants are currently deployed.

Standard Missile SM-3 (RIM-161) is a variant being developed for the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, which is part of the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The AEGIS BMD system integrates SM-3 with the Aegis Weapon System aboard U.S. Navy missile cruisers to provide an umbrella of protection against short to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Just like the other variants of the Standard Missile, the SM-3 is compatible with the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS). Note that this page is dedicated to the SM-2 and SM-6 variants. SM-3 / AEGIS BMD has its own AeroWeb profile page, which can be accessed here.

The newest Standard Missile variant, the SM-6, is a surface Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) missile, which provides area and ship self-defense. The missile is designed for use against fixed and rotary wing aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Land Attack Cruise Missiles (LACM), and Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles (ASCM) in flight. The SM-6 aka RIM-174 Standard ERAM meets the need for a vertically launched, extended range missile compatible with the AEGIS Weapon System to be used against extended range threats. The SM-6 Block I combines the tested legacy of the SM-2 propulsion system and warhead with an active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker modified from the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). The new features allow for over-the-horizon engagements, enhanced capability at extended ranges and increased firepower. SM-6 missiles (and SM-3 missiles) are assembled inside a 70,000 sq ft facility located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

SM-6 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) began in 2009. Raytheon delivered the first missile to the U.S. Navy in April 2011. In May 2013, full rate production (FRP) was approved for the SM-6. The first FRP SM-6 missile will be delivered in April 2015. On November 27, 2013, the SM-6 achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The Navy plans to purchase a total of 1,800 SM-6 missiles.

On September 30, 2013, Raytheon was awarded a $243.5 million contract by the U.S. Navy for 89 SM-6 Block I missiles, spares, containers and services.

Price/Unit Cost:

The unit cost of the SM-6 Block I RIM-174 Standard ERAM missile is $3.24 million per All-Up Round (in FY 2014).

Program Cost:

The total procurement cost of the SM-6 program is estimated at $9.21 billion + $0.93 billion in research and development (RDT&E) funds, which means the total estimated program cost is $10.14 billion (numbers are aggregated annual funds spent over the life of the program and no price/inflation adjustment was made).


The mission of the Standard Family of Missiles is to provide all-weather, anti-aircraft and surface-to-surface armament for U.S. Navy AEGIS cruisers and destroyers. The most recent variant, SM-6, incorporates an AMRAAM seeker for increased performance, including an over-land capability.

FY 2014 DoD Program:

Continues production of the RIM-174 Standard ERAM SM-6 variant. FY 14 will purchase 81 SM-6 missiles at a cost of $368.0M. The Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Block I combines the tested legacy of the SM-2 propulsion and ordnance with the AMRAAM active seeker is being developed to provide defense for Sea Shield and enable Sea Basing and Sea Striking.

FY 2015 DoD Program:

SM-6 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) began in FY 2009. The last year of SM-2 Block IIIB missile procurement was FY 2011.

For more information, click to see the FY 2015 Navy Standard Missile SM-6 Budget.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Raytheon Co.

Product Type:

Family of Surface-to-Air and
Surface-to-Surface Missiles

Using Service (US):


Program Status:

Full Rate Production (SM-6)

Prime Contractor:

Raytheon Company

Standard Missile SM-2 Block IV

Specifications DoD Spending FY2015 Budget

Last Update: November 10, 2014.

By Joakim Kasper Oestergaard Balle /// (

External Resources:

Raytheon: Family of Standard Missiles
Raytheon: Standard Missile 2 (SM-2)
Raytheon: RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3)
Raytheon: RIM-174 Standard ERAM (SM-6)

YouTube: Standard Missile | YouTube Videos

Fact Sheet: Not available

Total SM-6 Program Cost:

 $10.14 billion  ($9.21B procurement + $0.93B RDT&E)

SM-6 Procurement Objective:

  1,800 missiles

Standard Missile Defense Budget Charts:

DoD Spending on Standard Missile SM-2 and SM-6 in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
DoD Purchases of Standard Missile SM-6 in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
Defense Budget Data

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DoD Spending, Procurement and RDT&E: FY 2011/12/13 + Budget for FYs 2014 + 2015

DoD Defense Spending, Procurement, Modifications, Spares, and RDT&E for the Standard Family of Missiles

Download Official U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Budget Data:

Purchases of SM-6 Missiles (NAVY)

Missile Specifications: SM-6 Block I (RIM-174 Standard ERAM)

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Primary Function: Extended range surface-to-air missile
Prime Contractor: Raytheon Co.
Propulsion: Dual thrust solid fuel rocket
Length: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
Weight: 3,300 lbs (1,497 kg)
Wingspan: 61.8 in (1.57 m)
Speed: Mach 3.5
Range: 130 nm/150 miles (241 km)
Guidance System: Inertial guidance and active radar homing
Seeker: Dual-Mode Seeker (Active and Semi-Active)
Warhead: Blast fragmentation
Platforms: Surface Ships: DDG 51 AEGIS Destroyer and CG 47 Ticonderoga Class AEGIS Cruiser
Price/Unit Cost: $3.24 million per All-Up Round (in FY 2014)
Deployed: Initial Operational Capability (IOC): November 27, 2013

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