June 24, 2024

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Super Hornet Armed With SM-6 Missile Spotted Over California

The War Zone

BY THOMAS NEWDICK
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PUBLISHED JUN 4, 2024 2:08 PM EDT

Photos have emerged showing a U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrying what appears to be an air-launched version of the hugely versatile SM-6 missile, also known as the RIM-174. The SM-6 was originally designed as a surface-launched weapon that can counter air-breathing aerial threats at long ranges, ballistic missiles in their terminal stages of flight, and now even hypersonic weapons under specific circumstances. The SM-6 can also be used to strike high-priority ground targets, such as air defense sites, and warships, acting as a quasi-ballistic missile. The U.S. Army has also adopted it as a ground-launched weapon for use in the land attack role. SM-6 traditionally uses Mk 41 Vertical Launch System architecture for deployment.

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