HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A missile built in the Rocket City is now being used by the U.S. Navy.
The Standard Missle-6 is the first weapon to come out of Raytheon's missile integration facility on Redstone Arsenal. The facility opened in November 2012.
Raytheon Missile System President Dr. Taylor Lawrence described the relatively quick production process as exciting and praised employees.
"From opening the facility to delivery has been quite a challenge, but it's something that the team has risen to," he stated.
SM-6 is used to defend Navy fleets from aircrafts and cruise missiles. Standard Missile-3 is also produced at the Raytheon's Redstone site. That weapon is also used by the Navy to destroy short and long range ballistic missiles.
The company expects to turnout some SM-3 missiles by the summer.