A short history into the origins of the Standard Missile
The historical footage is like stepping into a time machine - so Fifties!
I have a bunch of old missile engineering books from that era; the dust jacket of one of them has LITHOGRAPHS of early Talos and Falcon plan-forms on it, and an aerodynamic shape described inside another is clearly an early Talos, though not named as such. I had thought that interesting snippets about particular early variants of the 3T missiles might be obtainable from the text, but alas not.
Back on topic, I would rather be able to fling up to sixty-four SM-6 missiles over the horizon at an enemy battlegroup than be restricted to eight Harpoons, especially if I knew that a swarm of the enemy's supersonic sea-skimming SSMs were coming for me and I wasn't going to be able to stop all of them. If I can sacrifice one AEGIS destroyer to cripple the enemy surface fleet, it will be worth the trade because with the amount of work today's ships need to make them battleworthy after damage, they aren't going to be able to rebuild or repair it before the end of the war.