Second-Generation Aegis Systems Ready For Fielding on U.S. Warships

More advanced Aegis antimissile technology is ready for installation on U.S. warships after the Navy concluded testing the web of  interceptors, firing systems, and tracking and computer technology, Stars and Stripes reported on Sunday (see GSN, April 21, 2011).

Developed by Lockheed Martin, the second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense platform offers augmented capabilities for detecting weapons, more sophisticated interceptors and software and hardware enhancements, officials said.

The technology, at $50 million per unit, is to be deployed no later than 2015 on a minimum of nine destroyers and cruisers.

The guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh, which home ports in Yokosuka, Japan, became the initial warship to be outfitted with the advanced antimissile technology following completion of the first trial period.

"This will improve the capability of the Aegis BMD fleet to counter missile threats, regardless of theater," U.S. Navy 7th Fleet spokesman Lt. Anthony Falvo said in e-mailed remarks to the military newspaper.

Japan and the United States have placed the existing Aegis system on 27 navel vessels that are on active duty, according to Lockheed Martin (Matthew Burke, Stars and Stripes, April 29).

April 30, 2012
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More advanced Aegis antimissile technology is ready for installation on U.S. warships after the Navy concluded testing the web of  interceptors, firing systems, and tracking and computer technology, Stars and Stripes reported on Sunday.

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