Two More U.S. Warships Receive Aegis System

Two additional U.S. Navy destroyers have been equipped with the Aegis Combat System, defense contractor Lockheed Martin announced on Wednesday (see GSN, Nov. 12, 2010).

The newly augmented vessels are the USS Jason Dunham and the USS Gravely -- two Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers, according to a company press release. Their Aegis systems were found to be combat-ready in surface, subsurface and air-defense testing.

"The Aegis systems installed on these two ships represent continued improvements to what is a very agile and capable Aegis system," Lockheed Martin Vice President Carmen Valentino said in released remarks. "Our Aegis team has successfully delivered 15 technological evolutions to the Navy, taking the Aegis combat system from an antiship missile system to the basis for the U.S. approach to global missile defense."

The systems feature the SPY-1 radar -- the most capable technology of its kind in the U.S. Navy. When the radar system is matched with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, the pairing has the ability to fill missile launch needs in any envisioned naval conflict environment, according to Lockheed Martin (Lockheed Martin release, April 20).

April 21, 2011
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Two additional U.S. Navy destroyers have been equipped with the Aegis Combat System, defense contractor Lockheed Martin announced on Wednesday (see GSN, Nov. 12, 2010).