24 April 2014
In partnership with the Missile Defense Agency, the US Navy deployed the second-generation Standard Missile-3 Block IB made by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) for the first time, initiating the second phase of the phased adaptive approach.
“The SM-3 Block IB´s completion of initial operational testing last year set the stage for a rapid deployment to theater,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. “The SM-3´s highly successful test performance gives combatant commanders around the world the confidence they need to counter the growing ballistic missile threat.”
In 2009, the administration announced the US´s decision to adopt a new, more flexible approach to missile defense of both the US and Europe. The Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) Phase 1 began in March 2011 when the USS Monterey deployed carrying SM-3 Block IAs.
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