Two Missions, One Ship
Aegis evolution continues with successful test of Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability
With the recent successful test of the Aegis Weapon System’s Baseline 9 that features the new Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability, Aegis-equipped ships will be able to provide both anti-air and ballistic missile defense protection at the same time.
Two ships are better than one – unless the same ship can simultaneously carry out both missions.
The Aegis Weapons System may soon become the U.S. Navy’s ultimate multi-tasker with the development of the new Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability. During a recent exercise at the Navy’s development center in New Jersey, Lockheed Martin successfully tested its Aegis Baseline 9 that includes IAMD, which provides both anti-air and ballistic missile defense (BMD) protection at the same time.
"It’s an exciting time to be part of Aegis’ evolution,” said Jim Sheridan, director of Aegis Baseline 9 programs for Lockheed Martin. “This test is the culmination of two years of hard work by our Lockheed Martin engineers and marks the start of a new era where the Navy no longer has to choose between air or missile defense capabilities for any given mission."
The IAMD capability relies on the Baseline 9 SPY-1 radar’s Multi-Mission Signal Processor that utilizes the latest commercially-off-the-shelf technology to concurrently process both ballistic missile defense and anti-air warfare radar signals.
As part of the Aegis modernization program, Baseline 9 brings the latest combat system technology and capabilities to the Navy’s existing cruisers and destroyers, as well as new construction destroyers. With the successful demonstration, Lockheed Martin’s Aegis team remains on budget and on or ahead of schedule for the Baseline 9 and BMD programs.
The Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Weapons System is the world’s premier naval surface defense system and is the foundation for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense. Aegis includes the SPY-1 radar, the Navy's most advanced radar system. When paired with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, it can deliver missiles for every mission and threat environment in naval warfare.
In addition to the U.S., Aegis is also the weapon system of choice for the navies of Australia, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea and Spain. Currently, there are 100 Aegis-equipped ships, including 26 with BMD capability, in service around the globe.
Posted May 16, 2012