SM-6 anti-aircraft guided missile (RIM-174 Standard ERAM)

The RIM-174/SM-6 (Standard ERAM) long-range anti-aircraft guided missile is used as an anti-aircraft defense against cruise missiles, aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, day and night in all weather conditions.

RIM-174/SM-6 ERAM (Extended Range Active Missile) is a development of the family of missiles RIM-156 SM-2ER.

The RIM-174 has been under development since 2005 by Raytheon. Tests of the rocket began in 2007, and in 2009 started pre-production. The first missile was delivered to the U.S. Navy in April 2011. In November 2013, the SM-6 missile reached initial operational readiness. The first serial missile, designated SM-6 Block I, entered the Navy in April 2015.

The US Navy plans to deploy 1,800 SM-6 missiles.

The main features of SM-6 that distinguish it from SM-2 are: a new larger diameter engine, an upgraded control system with an active semi-active radar homing head and protected data line, an upgraded shrapnel-flagged warhead. The flight range of SM-6 has been significantly increased.

The missile is part of the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke destroyers and CG 47 Ticonderoga cruisers equipped with the AEGIS weapon system, as well as ships of promising projects.  SM-6 is one of the key components of the U.S. Navy's forward-looking concept entitled "Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA).

According to the published information, SM-6 missile has certain capabilities in the field of tactical missile defense and is capable of intercepting missiles and warheads of small and medium range ballistic missiles. The U.S. Navy project to use SM-6 as part of the missile defense system was designated SBT (Sea-Based Terminal). The initial version of this system - SBT Increment 1 - was to enter into service in 2016, upgraded SBT Increment 2 - in 2018. As part of SBT it is planned to use the improved missile SM-6 Dual-1, providing long-range interception of aerodynamic and ballistic targets. SM-6 Dual-1 is equipped with a more powerful processor to solve the task of intercepting warheads of ballistic missiles in the upper atmosphere at extreme speeds.

In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed information on the development of a version of SM-6-based anti-ship supersonic missile with a range of more than 200 nautical miles (more than 370 km). The cost of the program was $2.9 billion.


Like the entire Standard rocket family, the SM-6 rocket is designed according to the normal aerodynamic scheme and has ultra-low elongation wings and a block of all-twist opening aerodynamic rudders at the tail end.

SM-6 (see diagram) is equipped with an Mk72 solid propellant launch accelerator with a four-nozzle block. The Mk72 is equipped with a 468 kg mixture fuel charge based on polybutadiene with end hydroxyl groups (HTPB-AP). The traction vector (HTPB-AP) is controlled by the nozzle deflection. Mk104 acceleration and marching engine is a dual-mode, solid fuel. Weight of fuel charge TP-H1205/6 - 360 kg. The body is made of low-alloy steel 300M vacuum melting. The Mk72 and Mk104 engines are developed by the American company Aerojet Rocketdyne and are fully unified with the engines of the SM-3 interceptor rocket.

The SM-6 Block I control system is an inertial system with a data line, complemented by an active semi-active radar homing head (APRHSH). The AIM-120C AMRAAM is based on the homing head of the AIM-120C AMRAAM aircraft missile. The high-protected data transmission line makes it possible to receive target designation from remote radars in real time. Availability of an active APWGN channel ensures the engagement of a wide range of targets, including low-flying ones, beyond the radar coverage of the carrier ship.

The Mk125 fragmentation directional warhead is equipped with an advanced fuse and is optimized to engage low-flying targets. The Mk125 is designed by Aerojet Rocketdyne.

The rocket is launched from the MK 41 vertical launchers of the Aegis system, standard for both destroyers (Arleigh Burke class) and Aegis cruisers, and for advanced U.S. Navy ships.


The length of the rocket, mm 6550
Wingspan,mm 1570
Starter weight, kg 1497
Flight range, km ~ 240
Flight Speed over 3.5М
Weight of BC Mk-125, kg 115
Starter motor Mk72
Diameter, mm 530
Length, mm 1700
Cartridge weight, kg 712
Weight of fuel charge, kg 468
Specific pulse, s 260-265
Working time, s 6
Marshal engine Mk104
Diameter, mm 340
Length, mm 2880
Cartridge weight, kg 488
Weight of fuel charge, kg 360
Specific pulse, s 260-265
Working time, s 6


05.09.2008 The US Navy conducted the second test of SM-6 surface-to-air missiles with over-the-horizon guidance. The missile intercepted a BQM-74 air target.

01.09.2012 In the course of the test, SM-6 was used to destroy a cruise missile target and receive designation from the JLENS system.

01.03.2013 Raytheon delivered the first SM-6 to the U.S. Navy, assembled at its new assembly and test facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

14.06.2013 The Republic of Korea has decided to begin equipping its Aegis destroyers with SM-6 anti-aircraft missiles from 2016. The decision was adopted within the South Korean government's programme on the creation of a national air and missile defence system (KAMD).

26.08.2013 The U.S. Navy fired two SM-6 anti-aircraft missiles from the USS CG-52 Chancellorsville (Ticonderoga class), which successfully intercepted two BQM-74 air targets that simulated cruise missiles.

18-20.06.2014 The USS DDG-23 John Paul Jones destroyer launched four SM-6 missiles for training purposes. One of these launches was classified as "the furthest aerial target intercept in naval history".

14.08.2014 Successful launch of SM-6 missile against a low-altitude subsonic target flying over land. The missile, launched at the command of the launch vehicle into the intended target area, independently searched and hit the target. It demonstrated the ability of the missile's ARGSN to successfully counteract interference from the underlying surface.

24.10.2014 Successful reflection of simultaneous attack of low-sonic BQM-74E and supersonic GQM-163A targets simulating anti-ship missiles. Both targets were intercepted at low altitude by SM-6 missiles launched from the USS CG-62 Chancellorsville cruiser. The launch vehicle was behind the radio-horizon, intercepted by the USS DDG 102 Sampson destroyer using SM-6 ARGSN capabilities.

28.07.2015 The US Navy successfully tested a modified version of SM-6 Dual I missile capable of intercepting ballistic targets.

18.01.2016 The SM-6 missile, launched from the USS DDG-23 destroyer John Paul Jones, hit a surface target - the decommissioned USS FFG-57 destroyer Reuben James. The test was a demonstration of the U.S. Navy's "distributed power" concept. According to this concept, it is assumed that as part of a networked ship group, some ships detect targets, others accompany them, and others strike them.

07.03.2016 The destroyer USS DDG-23 John Paul Jones successfully intercepted five targets using SM-6 SSDs, updating the maximum range record for an air target, which was set in 2014.

14.09.2016 The SM-6 missile for the first time intercepted a Zagorizon medium-sonic target using a communication channel with an F-35 fighter. The rocket was launched by the USS Desert Ship (LLS 1) launch complex equipped with the AEGIS Baseline system. The task was the last stage in a series of tests of the Naval Integrated Fire Control Counterair Network (NIFC-CA) designed to provide interaction between U.S. Navy ships and various aircraft (such as F-35 fighter aircraft) in a single integrated network. During the tests, the interceptor missile received continuous target designation from the fighter, which ensured the successful interception of the target outside the detection area of the launch complex radar.

14.12.2016 The U.S. Navy, with support from the U.S. Agency for Defense, conducted the first test of the SM-6 Dual I anti-aircraft missile to intercept a target simulating a medium-range ballistic missile. It was launched off the coast of Hawaii from a USS John Paul Jones destroyer (DDG 53) equipped with the Aegis baseline 9.C1 system. Two missiles were fired at the target.

30.08.2017 Two SM-6 Dual I interceptor missiles were launched from the USS John Paul Jones destroyer (DDG 53) against a target that simulated a medium-range ballistic missile. During the test, the target was detected, captured, escorted, and two interceptor missiles were launched. During the test, the Aegis Baseline 9.1 (BMD 5.0CU) Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) battle control system was used.

Other languages:


Control sys.:
240 km.