Redstone Report: Raytheon delivers first missile to Navy

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Raytheon Missile Integration Facility was opened on Redstone Arsenal in November 2012. Now, fast forward three months and the facility is delivering the first Standard Missile 6 to the U.S. Navy.

Raytheon's President, Dr. Taylor Lawrence, said the delivery signifies just how far the facility has come since the projects conception a few years ago.

"From the inception a couple of years ago, when we were talking to the Governor and Senator Shelby about what Alabama could do to bring us here, to the ground breaking, to the ribbon cutting, it's just been incredible. It's exciting," he said.

SM-6 is an extended range missile. It will be used by the Navy to protect fleets against enemy missiles and aircrafts.

"It's important for the Missile Defense Agency, the Navy, and more importantly, the country," Dr. Lawrence said of the weapon.

But Raytheon is just getting started when it comes to turning out rockets in the Rocket City. Standard Missile 3 is also produced at the facility and used by the Navy. Sm-3's are short and intermediate range missiles. Raytheon expects to roll out the first SM-3 this summer.

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