The Standard Missile is one of the most reliable in the Navy's inventory. Used against missiles, aircraft and ships, it replaced the Terrier and Tartar missiles and is part of the weapons suit of more than 100 Navy ships.

Reliability improvements included all-electric design (hydraulic power for control surfaces was eliminated) and solid-state electronics with the first battery power in a US Missile. These improvements reduced the warm-up time from 27 seconds down to 1/15 of a second.

SM-1 ER RIM-67A replaced the Terrier RIM-2.


Designation SM-1 ER RIM-67A
Ship Class Used On Many
Date In Service 1970
Weight 2,980 lbs. (1,341 kg)
Dimensions 13.5 x 315 in (34 cm x 800 cm)
Span: 62 in (158 cm)
Payload 250 lbs. (113 kg) continuous rod
Range 7,000 - 80,000 yards (6,400 - 73,150 m)
80,000 feet (24,380 m) max altitude
Propulsion Sustainer rocket plus separate Booster


Data from:

  • "The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon System 1988/1989" by Norman Friedman
  • Navy Fact File