SM-6 Block 1A can't mounted Mk41 VLS(29, 32, 61, 64 Cells) in newest DB3000 version(v481a).
Original documentation shows that the RIM-174 SM-6 Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM) was tested aboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) Arleigh Burke during exercises from 18–20 June 2014. It is a loadout option on that ship in DB3K_481+.
It does not show that it has been installed on other USN ships yet and will be likely added when published documentation supports it.
But.. #3194 - DDG 53 John Paul Jones [Arleigh Burke Flight I] has been mounted #1310 RIM-174A ERAM SM-6 Blk I.
It can only target Aircraft / Missiles under newest database.
On 18 January 2016, John Paul Jones sank the decommissioned guided-missile frigate Reuben James in a test of a new anti-surface warfare variant of the Raytheon Standard Missile 6 (SM-6), becoming the first ship to sink a ship with the new variant of the missile. John Paul Jones fired the missile on the U.S. Pacific Missile Range near Hawaii.
The former frigate USS Reuben James (FFG-57) was sunk in January during a test of the Navy’s new anti-surface warfare (ASuW) variant of the Raytheon Standard Missile 6 (SM-6), company officials told USNI News on Monday.
The adaptation of the SM-6 was fired from guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) and hit James during the Jan. 18 test at the U.S. Pacific Missile Range Facility off the coast of Hawaii, a Raytheon spokeswoman told USNI News.
USS John Paul Jones used SM-6 Block IA with ASuW Capability.
The SM-6 missile is being developed in three variants namely SM-6 Block I, SM-6 Block IA, and SM-6 Dual I.
The SM-6 Block I variant was initially deployed on-board the aegis destroyer, which is built around the aegis combat system. The new variant is powered by a highly sophisticated rocket booster and advanced rocket motors. It has gone through a number of tests and has intercepted a couple of cruise missiles successfully.
The SM-6 Block IA has advanced inbuilt hardware and software systems to overcome the technical glitches involved in the previous variant. It successfully engaged a subsonic cruise missile during a test launch in 2014.
The SM-6 Dual I variant is specifically developed to strike a ballistic missile in the final stages of its flight. It is embedded with dual capability, which enables it to counter both ballistic and cruise missile targets. It will become an integral part of the US Navy’s Sea-Based Terminal programme.
In 2016, the SM-6 missile engaged its first-ever surface target, the decommissioned guided missile frigate USS Reuben James. The test demonstrated the missile’s capability in anti-surface warfare and illustrated how it directly supports the U.S. Navy’s distributed lethality concept to increase the offensive might of the surface force.
The latest variant is the SM-6 Block IA missile, which is an emerging change to the Block 1 variant, with improvements to the guidance section. These enhancements allow the missile to seek out and destroy a wide variety of advanced threats with precision. The new variant aced its final land-based test in June 2017, moving it to at-sea testing.
It's more useful for SM-6 Block IA(It looks forward to better compatibility with SM-6 Dual I)
The SM-6 Block IA is an emerging change to SM-6 BLK 1, with improvements to the guidance section. These enhancements allow the missile to seek out and destroy a wide variety of advanced threats with precision.
"The Block IA brings a new level of sophistication to the SM-6 and increases the precision of the missile even more," said Mike Campisi, Raytheon's SM-6 senior program director. "Relying less on a ship combat system means the missile can continue to engage targets further and further away with extreme accuracy."
SM-6 is the only missile in the world that can perform anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and terminal ballistic missile defense.
The first version of the Standard Missile-6 became operational in December 2014 and, in January 2015, the Navy authorized the expansion of its use from five to more than 35 ships by certifying its use on non-Baseline 9 ships.4 In 2015, the Navy tested the first upgrade to the missile known as either the Dual I or Increment I. The SM-6 Dual I can intercept both cruise missiles and ballistic missiles in their terminal phase.
Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Block I (BLK I) has attained Initial Operational Capability; Full Operational Capability is expected in FY18.
The Navy commenced operational testing of SM-6 BLK IA, a pre-planned product improvement of the SM-6 BLK I missile, in September 2017. The SM-6 BLK IA testing consists of seven SM-6 BLK IA firings against subsonic and supersonic aerial targets and M&S runs for the record. The Navy intends to complete operational testing in FY18.
The Navy conducted two SM-6 Dual 1 salvo firings against Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) targets.
SM-6 BLK I and BLK IA are the latest evolution of the Standard Missile family of fleet air defense missiles.
The Navy intends the SM-6 BLK IA upgrade to provide improved performance against advanced threats.
SM-6 Dual I capability is being added to provide Sea-Based Terminal BMD capability against short-range ballistic missiles.
The Navy upgraded the SM-6 to add an anti-surface target capability but it has not yet operationally tested the capability.
• SM-6 BLK IA Operational Testing- The Navy commenced operational testing of the SM-6 BLK IA and successfully conducted two flight tests in September 2017. - Operational testing continues in FY18 to complete planned live flight-testing and M&S runs for the record.
FY17 NAVY PROGRAMS (2017)
SM-6 Block IB / SM-6 Dual II
On Jan. 17, the Navy approved plans to develop a Dual Thrust Rocket Motor with a 21-inch diameter for the SM-6, which is currently fielded with a 13.5-inch propulsion package. The new rocket motor would sit atop the current 21-inch booster, producing a new variant of the missile: the SM-6 Block IB.
Jason Sherman, “Navy Looking to Increase Range, Speed of SM-6 with Larger Rocket Motor,” Inside the Navy, July 23, 2018.
3. Fund and execute high-fidelity M&S RFRs for Aegis BL 9.2 SM-3 Block IIA and SM-6 Dual II scenarios that span the engagement battlespace.
The US Navy (USN) has set out plans for solid-propellent rocket motor prototyping and engineering development for a new extended range version of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missile.
Intended to achieve initial capability in fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023), the SM-6 Block IB variant will introduce a new 21-inch solid rocket sustainer to improve missile range and speed.
I think USS John Paul Jones used SM-6 with ASuW capability variant in 2016. It seems likes SM-6 Block IA, that can be guided Anti-Surface(Maybe Ship) target.
SM-6 Block IA is evolution variant, Navy used only for testing purposes until now.
SM-6 Dual I is based on SM-6 Block I.
Nowaday Navy has been looking for increase range, speed of SM-6 with Larger Rocket Motor, It called SM-6 Block IB.
This means that they can skip SM-6 Block IA and will adapt more advanced model, Arleigh Burke Flight III will expect better SM-6 missile in 2023-2024.
These have been reported several times now along with the Spy 6 radar improvements which have for some reason not been implemented. For some reason the SM-6 BLK1A was available to loadout on a previous DB but last 3 DB the ability to loadout has been removed. The documentation for this addition along with the documentation for the path forward for the BLK II or BLK 1B whichever they decide to go with is in excess of what I have seen for other DB updates that have been added after this was reported.
I love the massive update that the developers provided recently but was a bit disappointed that these changes weren't included, as most scenarios I make are with US Navy forces with my background of being an ex-Bubblehead.