Shield of the Fleet
34" x 48" oil (1988)
Orbital ATK


Roaring skyward to intercept multiple airborne threats, a swarm of SM-2 Standard Missiles is ripple-fired from the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill. The Standard Missile Mk 104 rocket motor, designed and produced by Thiokol Propulsion, is the highest performance tactical rocket motor made today, and is the principal long-range weapon of the state-of -the-art Aegis fleet defense system.

Artist's note: The caption reflects the 1988 timeframe.


Many of the Orbital ATK paintings are available as high quality prints through Orbital ATK, MS PUBS, PO Box 707, Brigham City, Utah 84302. While not normally available to the general public, the prints are available to military units, aerospace organizations and industry representatives. Reproduced with permission of Orbital ATK. Unauthorized use of this image is strictly forbidden.