For Aegis, Numbers Speak Volumes

With a track record of proven performance and innovation, Lockheed Martin submits Aegis CSEA proposal

file Aegis has evolved to become the foundation of the U.S. approach to global missile defense – at sea or on shore. Lockheed Martin recently submitted its proposal for the Navy’s Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent contract. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

When it comes to Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Combat System, the numbers speak for themselves – 15 technological evolutions over 40 years have convinced six navies to build 100 Aegis-equipped ships that have successfully fired more than 3,800 missiles.

That’s quite a track record and Lockheed Martin hopes to build on this impressive legacy.  Lockheed Martin recently submitted its proposal to the U.S. Navy for the Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) contract.

“The Lockheed Martin-led Aegis team has four decades of real world, proven Navy combat system experience, making it the best performing, lowest-risk solution,” said Carmen Valentino, Lockheed Martin’s Aegis CSEA capture executive. “We have a well-documented and longstanding history of success with the Navy as we’ve evolved the Aegis Combat System to keep pace with a wide array of dynamically evolving threats.”

Aegis has evolved from an anti-ship missile system to the foundation of the U.S. approach to global missile defense – at sea or on shore. Lockheed Martin has designed, developed, integrated and produced Aegis combat system components since the program’s inception.

Aegis seamlessly integrates the SPY-1 radar, the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, the SM-3 missile and command and control for the weapon’s system.

As the world’s premier naval surface defense system and the foundation for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), the system can simultaneously attack land targets, submarines and surface ships while automatically protecting the fleet against aircraft and missiles.

A total of 26 Aegis BMD-equipped warships – 22 in the U.S. Navy and four in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force – are certified to engage ballistic missiles and perform long-range surveillance and tracking missions.

Integral to the layered missile defense strategy for Europe, Aegis BMD has been selected for the U.S. government’s Phased Adaptive Approach, with deployments of both Aegis BMD-capable ships and Aegis BMD capabilities in a ground-based Aegis Ashore configuration.

Posted December 14, 2011