U.S. Navy Links Standard Missile-6 With F-35

A Raytheon Standard Missile-6 linked with an F-35 fighter destroyed a medium-range, medium-altitude, subsonic target. The USS Desert Ship (LLS 1), a land-based U.S. Navy Combat System equipped with the latest AEGIS Baseline, fired the SM-6, which intercepted the over-the-horizon target, out of sight of its operators.

The mission was the latest in a test series for Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air, or NIFC-CA, a program designed to link U.S. Navy ships and various airborne sensors, such as the F-35, into a single integrated sensor network. During this capability demonstration, the SM-6 received continuous updates from the network, including the fighter aircraft, leading to the successful intercept of the target.

“This test once again demonstrates the multi-dimensional capability provided by pairing the NIFC-CA system and the multi-mission SM-6,” said Mike Campisi, SM-6 Senior program director. “By linking SM-6 with airborne sensors on the F-35 or other aircraft through NIFC-CA, we help to dominate the combat environment and defeat the threat.”

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SM-6 provides U.S. Navy vessels with extended-range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles in the terminal phase of flight, and an offensive capability against surface targets.

In April 2015, Raytheon delivered the first full-rate production SM-6 from its $75-million, 70,000-square-foot SM-6 and Standard Missile-3 all-up-round production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Raytheon has currently delivered more than 300 SM-6 missiles with continuing production.


  1. Let me finish that first sentence.
    “…that was flying straight and level and performing no evasive maneuvers and deploying no counter-measures.”

    If these weapons are so fantastic, why not load up a B52 with several hundred of them. We could make a B52 Super Missile Platform as opposed to a bunch of little F-35 Mini Missile Platforms.

  2. The “Standard” – is amazing.. also think this interlinking capability and Standard shot down I believe it was ‘flt. 800 some years back doing this very type of exercise off the east cost. They’ve never admitted it – but I think this is what caused that 747 Paris bound to go down – an over the horizon shooting experiment – or control from submarine targeting that just picked the wrong target. Years go by fast…

  3. When will this tax payer rip off end? A trillion dollars a heap maybe.

    Could have replaced all the A-10’s on the planet with all new ground up fantastic units and doubled the total amount in the process and also come up with seperate platforms that would have covered all the uses of this flying ugly ass turd.

    And I don’t blame the other countries backing out of purchasing these outrageously overpriced barely flyable Sky turds.

  4. If that is a pic of an F-35 actually in flight, and not some reproduced, touched up photo, I would suggest that the pilot keep a sharp on his radar as Snoopy and his Sopwith Camel may be in the area and would shot it down. More BILLIONS in wasted taxpayer monies.

  5. an overpriced POS that is right now ‘grounded by the Air Force’ months after acceptance and being declared war ready. Seems there would have been a real clustercopulation in mission slip had the A-10 been ‘deactivated’

  6. What a nice looking plane, they’ll look nice parked in rows, with rows after rows out in the bone yard after they figure out that the F35 is just an overpriced POS.


    • They have already figured that out but it makes no difference. The government will continue to buy them and refurbish all the older models that don’t have all the bells and whistles on them that don’t work. When it takes a day to hook the plane up to the computer system at its new base and download or upload all of its information, then something is drastically wrong. It still can’t upload the information from the engine, that must be done be hand. SSDD in government procurement. Lets put people in these POS and place them in harms way or worse yet, lets put the troops on the ground in harms way because the POS can’t perform its mission of CAS.

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