In my opinion, there is, at this time, insufficient grounds to claim that the Standard is the type of missile that downed Flight 800. However, it is the missile deployed on Aegis equipped cruisers and the following information is included for completeness.
Standard Missile Description: Surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile, mounted on surface ships. Background: The Standard Missile was produced in two major types, the SM-1 MR/SM-2 (medium range) and the SM-2 (extended range). It is one of the most reliable in the Navy's inventory. Used against missiles, aircraft and ships, it first came into the fleet more than a decade ago. It replaced Terrier and Tartar missiles and is part of the weapons suit of more than 100 Navy ships. The SM-2 (MR) is a medium range defense weapon for Ticonderoga-class AEGIS cruisers, Arleigh Burke-class AEGIS destroyers, California and Virginia-class nuclear cruisers and Kidd-class destroyers with NTU conversions. Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates use the SM-1 MR. Point of Contact: Public Affairs Office; Naval Sea Systems Command (OOD); Washington, DC 20362 202-692-6920 General Characteristics, SM-1, SM-2 Medium Range Primary Function: Surface to air missile Contractor: Hughes Missile Systems Company (formerly General Dynamics' Ponoma Division, sold to Hughes in 1992) Ponoma Division; Raytheon Motorola; Morton-Thiokol; Aerojet General and others Unit cost: SM-1 MR $402,500; SM-2 MR $421,400 Power plant: Dual thrust, solid fuel rocket Length: 14 feet, 7 inches (4.41 meters) Weight: SM-1: 1,100 pounds (495 kg); SM-2: 1,380 pounds (621 kg) Diameter: 13.5 inches (34.3 cm) Wing Span: 3 feet 6 inches (1.08 meters) Range: 15-20 nautical miles (17-23 statute miles)(SM-1 MR) 40-90 nautical miles (46-104 statute miles) (SM-2 MR) Guidance system: Semi-active radar homing Warhead: Proximity fuse, high explosive Date Deployed: 1970 (SM-1 MR); 1981 (SM-2 MR) General Characteristics, SM-1, SM-2 Extended Range Primary Function: Surface to air missile Contractor: Hughes Missile Systems Company (formerly General Dynamics' Ponoma Division, sold to Hughes in 1992) Ponoma Division; Raytheon Motorola; Morton-Thiokol; Atlantic Research and others Unit cost: $409,000 Power plant: Two-stage, solid-fuel rocket; sustainer motor and booster motor Length: 26.2 feet (7.9 meters) Weight: 2,980 pounds (1341 kg) Diameter: 13.5 inches (34.3 cm) Wing Span: 5 feet 2 inches (1.6 meters) Range: 65-100 nautical miles (75-115 statute miles) Guidance system: Inertial/semi-active radar homing Warhead: Proximity fuse, high explosive Date Deployed: 1981
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