Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR May 2017 Contents STANDARD MISSILE-6 PASSES
RIGOROUS GRADUATION TESTS
PROGRAM MOVES ONE
STEP CLOSER TO FINAL
– April 27, 2017, PACIFIC MISSILE FIRING
RANGE, Hawaii –
After a complex series of US Navy flight tests,
Standard Missile-6 proves it's ready to reach
its final stage of the acquisition process: full
operational capability. Reaching FOC is a kind of
graduation exercise that signifies the weapon's
sea worthiness—no more testing required.
SM-6, produced by Raytheon Company, is the
only missile in the world that can perform anti-
air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and terminal
ballistic missile defense.
"The US Navy began deploying SM-6s four
years ago, but we've continued to give it software
upgrades and test it in every possible scenario
to learn more about what it could do," said
Mike Campisi, Raytheon's SM-6 senior program
director. "We've continued to raise the bar, and the
missile has exceeded it every time."
Four SM-6 missiles were fired throughout the
testing, each against a single shore-launched,
sub- or supersonic target. All four test missions
"The missile is fully ready for deployment in
all three modes at sea," said Campisi. "That kind
of flexibility is exactly what our sailors need, and
that's exactly what they're going to get."
Final assembly of SM-6 takes place at
Raytheon's state-of-the-art production facility at
Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Raytheon
has delivered more than 330 SM-6 missiles with
continuing production. The US Department of
Defense approved the release of SM-6 to several
international customers in early 2017.
SM-6 test launch
Credit: US Navy photo (Released)
ROSTEC TESTS KA-52K
HELICOPTERS IN MARINE
Ka-52K helicopters manufactured by Russian
Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State
Corporation) have completed the first phase of
testing in marine conditions. The machines are
currently in the premises of Kamov Design Bureau
where specialists finish assessing the condition of
helicopters and their components after performing
tasks in harsh climatic conditions.
Two Ka-52K helicopters were tested during the
period from late 2016 to early 2017. After performing
the tasks set by commanders the tests of helicopters
were recognized successful. The machines have
already been handed over to engineers of Kamov
Design Bureau for conducting additional study of
the work of a helicopter and its individual units, as
well as for making changes considering possible
"Ka-52K helicopters completed the first phase of
testing in marine conditions, after which it can be
concluded that the machines may be placed on an
aircraft cruiser and successfully complete their tasks.
The helicopter has unique properties; however, one test
in the sea is insufficient for understanding the work
of its engines, units, avionics, control and armament
systems in maritime climate. The design bureau will
continue its work as part of tests including those on
the aircraft cruiser," said Deputy CEO for Sales of
Russian Helicopters holding Vladislav Savelyev.
The Ka-52K helicopter is another machine in the
range of "maritime" helicopters developed by Kamov
Design Bureau and adopted by the Russian Navy.
This range also includes helicopters such as Ka-25,
Ka-27, Ka-29 and Ka-31. The Ka-52K helicopter
is designed for patrolling, providing fire support for
airborne forces during landing, and ensuring counter-
air defence on the front line and defence in depth.
Modern onboard equipment will ensure navigation of
a helicopter when there are no landmarks in the sea.
Unlike a basic model, the Ka-52K helicopter
has a shorter folding wing which was redesigned
to carry heavy weapons and the mechanism for
folding blades which makes it possible to be
compactly placed in the hold. A smaller size of Ka-52
shipborne helicopters makes it possible to increase
the maximum number of helicopters which may be
placed on a ship. An armored crew compartment
and an ejection system allow pilots to safely leave a
helicopter. Besides, the shipborne Ka-52 helicopter
has a rescue apparatus making it possible to rescue
seafarers in distress.
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