Aegis to Continue Building on Legacy of Excellence
Navy awards Lockheed Martin contract to continue providing engineering services for Aegis Combat System
Over the past 40 years, the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have made Aegis the most capable combat system in the world. More than 100 ships and six international navies rely on Aegis.
And now the Navy wants Lockheed Martin to continue this legacy of excellence at least through 2018 after it awarded Lockheed Martin a $100 million contract on March 4 to provide combat system engineering services.
"This program award validates Lockheed Martin as the Navy’s choice for combat management systems,” said Dale P. Bennett, president of Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Training business. “Our team met the Navy’s challenge to reduce costs and drive innovation into Aegis CSEA by increasing productivity, the use of automated testing and analysis, and increasing the role of small business.”
The Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) contract calls for Lockheed Martin to provide a wide variety of support for Aegis-equipped ships, including design, development, integration, test and life cycle support. The Aegis team will build on a foundation that includes nine baselines that have enabled the system to combat a wide array of dynamic and evolving threats.
Aegis-equipped ships are multi-mission surface combatants that can simultaneously attack land targets, submarines and surface ships while automatically implementing defenses to protect the fleet against aircraft and missiles. Aegis also serves as the foundation for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense capability.
The U.S. Navy uses Aegis on its Arleigh Burke class destroyers and Ticonderoga class missile cruisers. The navies of Australia, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea and Spain also depend on the Aegis system. Aegis-equipped ships 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.
Lockheed Martin is a leader in combat systems integration and the development of integrated air and missile defense systems and technologies.
Posted on March 5, 2013