SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) announced today that it has completed the delivery of the 100th Throttling Divert and Attitude Control System (TDACS) for Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB guided missile system.
"The delivery of the 100th TDACS marks a significant milestone in the history of the SM-3 Block IB program and Aerojet Rocketdyne's valued collaboration with our long-time customer, Raytheon, in ensuring the defense capabilities of our nation," said Charlie Meraz, program manager of the SM-3 TDACS program at Aerojet Rocketdyne. "Our TDACS team has developed and deployed the most sophisticated and innovative solid rocket propulsion system in the world, delivering a stabilized production line of high quality TDACS that continue to deliver 100 percent mission success with continued affordability for our customers."
Aerojet Rocketdyne also supplies the first-and second-stage booster motors that power the Block IB kinetic warhead which is guided by the TDACS – the only MIL-STD 1901A compliant system deployed in the U.S. Navy fleet today.
The SM-3 Block IB guided missiles are currently deployed on Aegis cruisers and destroyers and are soon to be deployed on land sites as part of the Aegis Ashore component of the Missile Defense Agency's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System, designed to defend against short-to-medium range ballistic missile threats.
In concert with Raytheon, Aerojet Rocketdyne is developing the third generation of sea- and land-based U.S. missile defense capabilities by providing reliable, low-risk propulsion technologies. Along with the current production of MK 72 and MK 104 rocket motors and the SM-3 Block IB TDACS, the company is developing the TDACS for SM-3 Block IIA, the planned missile variant upgrade to the current SM-3 Blocks IA and IB guided missiles.
Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.