U.S. Navy Orders New Missile Interceptors For Destroyers

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. announced yesterday it had received a $97 million contract from the U.S. Navy to install a new Aegis ballistic missile defense system on one of its destroyers. The deal also provides initial funding for outfitting two other destroyers with Aegis units (see GSN, Jan. 5).

The contract calls for preparation of a fourth Aegis multi-mission signal processor for the Navy Surface Combat System Center in Virginia. It also includes an option for an Aegis Ashore unit, which would convert the ship-based missile interceptor system into a land-based unit that could be used to help safeguard U.S. and NATO forces in Europe from medium- and short-range ballistic missile strikes.

"Lockheed Martin has worked side by side with the Navy to evolve the Aegis system from its initial anti-air warfare role to integrated air and ballistic missile defense with expanded application to future Aegis Ashore sites," company vice president for Future Surface Combatant programs Carmen Valentino said in released remarks (Lockheed Martin Corp. release, Nov. 11).

November 12, 2010
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Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. announced yesterday it had received a $97 million contract from the U.S. Navy to install a new Aegis ballistic missile defense system on one of its destroyers. The deal also provides initial funding for outfitting two other destroyers with Aegis units (see GSN, Jan. 5).