Heading Out to Sea
Newest Aegis evolution demonstrates simultaneous anti-air warfare, BMD capabilities, prepares for at-sea testing
Locals refer to it as the “cruiser in the cornfield.”
The Vice Admiral James H. Doyle Combat Systems Engineering Development Site outside of Moorestown, N.J. resembles a ship resting in the midst of swaying stalks of corn – and it is just that. The facility plays a vital role for the Navy as a test center for the Aegis Combat System. Developed by Lockheed Martin, Aegis is used on the Navy’s Arleigh Burke class destroyers and Ticonderoga class missile cruisers.
This renowned landmark also known as the USS Rancocas for its closest body of water, Rancocas Creek, recently completed a successful demonstration of the Aegis system’s newest evolution, known as Baseline 9. The extended test highlighted Baseline 9’s capabilities to simultaneously conduct anti-air warfare and ballistic missile defense missions.
"Aegis continues to provide sailors with the capabilities necessary for making critical operating decisions to protect our nation and its defense interests,” said Jim Sheridan, director of Aegis USN Programs for Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors business.
“This baseline is the most capable Aegis program ever built and will be introduced to the Fleet via the Navy’s Aegis Modernization program as well as onboard new construction ships with USS John Finn (DDG 113) and forward.”
The demonstration marked the final step before Baseline 9’s combat system equipment and integrated computer programs are delivered to the Navy for at-sea testing. For the past four years, Lockheed Martin engineers have been working to provide the fleet with a fully integrated air and missile defense capability for complex missions.
Earlier this year, Aegis successfully completed a similar set of tests, which verified the Navy’s ability to engage multiple threats at the same time through integrated air and missile defense. The test also marked the first time the Aegis system has used the multi-mission signal processor (MMSP) in a real-world environment where external aircraft are “jamming” the system.
In addition to the U.S., the navies of Australia, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea and Spain also depend on the Aegis system. There are more than 100 Aegis-equipped ships deployed around the world. They have more than 1,200 years of at-sea operational experience and have launched more than 3,800 missiles in tests and real-world operations.
Posted on: December 3, 2012