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U.S. NAVY LINKS STANDARD
MISSILE-6 WITH F-35 JOINT
STRIKE FIGHTER IN FIRST-OF-
A-KIND FLIGHT TEST
RAYTHEON MULTI-MISSION MISSILE TEAMS
WITH NEXT-GEN AIRCRAFT TO DESTROY
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., Sept.
14, 2016. - In a first-of-its-kind engagement,
a Raytheon Company 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
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
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.
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SM-6 (U.S. Navy photo. Released)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE
EXPANDS ITS SKYNET CHANNEL
PARTNER NETWORK WITH
THREE MAJOR MILITARY
September 14, 2016 - Airbus Defence and Space is
continuing to work with service providers to develop
new partnerships to deliver highly resilient Skynet
military satellite communication services notably to the
Asia Pacific region, following the move of its Skynet
5A satellite from 6° East to 95° East to provide global
X-band and UHF coverage in this region.
Airbus Defence and Space has recently signed
a further three partners to its channel partner
programme for Skynet services. Hughes Network
Systems (Hughes), Inmarsat Government and
SpeedCast will be offering Skynet services as part
of their already extensive and proven portfolio, to
Australian, New Zealand and US forces operating
across the globe.
Inmarsat Government will include Skynet services
as part of their portfolio offer to US government
customers. Hughes will use the partnership offering
easily deployable services for the U.S . government
involved in tactical missions, primarily using
the XEBRA service, which is a solution using the
Hughes HM300 lightweight X-band satellite terminal
and Airbus Defence and Space’s Skynet capacity.
SpeedCast will be offering the tactical secure
communications services to the Australian and New
Zealand government. In addition, Airbus Defence
and Space has recently appointed SpeedCast to
manage a new anchor station facility for the Skynet
5A military satellite, which is based at SpeedCast’s
existing teleport in Adelaide, Australia.
Richard Franklin, Head of Secure Communications
at Airbus Defence and Space, said: "These
new partnerships will enable Hughes, Inmarsat
Government and Speedcast to offer Skynet services
to their already strong existing customer base; the
services will primarily be using the newly relocated
Skynet 5A satellite and enable users to operate in
both the US and Asia regions, and augment and
compliment their existing services."
Airbus Defence and Space completed the move
of the Skynet 5A to 95° East over the Asia Pacific
region in September 2015. The relocation was
initiated to extend the Skynet constellation’s coverage
and services from 178 West to 163 East, including
the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific region. The
Skynet network now offers global military coverage,
expanding core service reach.
Airbus Defence and Space owns and operates
the hardened Skynet X-band satellite constellation
of eight satellites and the ground network to provide
all Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications
to the UK Ministry of Defence. The contract also
allows other NATO and allied governments such
as members of the five-eyes community (besides
UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada)
to use the Skynet system to augment their existing
About Standard Missile-6
SM-6 delivers proven over-the-horizon,
air defense through the time-tested
advantages of the Standard Missile's
airframe and propulsion.
• SM-6 uses both active and semi-active
guidance modes and advanced fuzing
• It incorporates the advanced signal
processing and guidance control
capabilities from Raytheon's Advanced
Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.
• SM-6 delivers multi-mission capability
for long range Fleet Air Defense,
Sea-Based Terminal Defense, and Anti-
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