These Photos Provide a Size Comparison Between the New AIM-174B and AIM-120 Missiles | Aviation

The air-launched SM-6, designated AIM-174B, is significantly larger than the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile.

As reported in detail recently, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets deployed with CVW-2 aboard USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier were photographed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, taking part in Rim of The Pacific 2024 (RIMPAC 2024), carrying the new AIM-174B, the air-launched variant of the Standard Missile 6 (SM-6).

The SM-6 is the surface-to-air missile designed to be used on Navy ships in conjunction with the Aegis Combat System and also known as the RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM); the AIM-174B is the SM-6 variant developed for the air-to-air role.

The photos in this post were taken by Reddit user on Jul. 6, 2024, aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) aircraft carrier while moored in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC 2024. They show an F/A-18E from VFA-113 with an AIM-174B and an AIM-120D under the right wing.

The larger missile, labeled “DATM-174B,” is a “dummy” AIM-174B missile, without motor or warhead, which can be used for ground handling and loading training. Regarding its size, the standard SM-6 missile is about 21 feet…

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