The U.S. Navy certified that the latest evolution of the Lockheed
Martin-developed Aegis Weapon System, referred to as Baseline 7, is approved for
The USS Pinckney, the first ship equipped with the seventh generation of Aegis,
will soon begin an operational deployment.
The Baseline 7 Aegis Weapon System contains the first complete
commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Aegis advanced processing computing architecture
and the new AN/SPY-1D(V) radar.
The transition to a complete COTS computing environment and network
infrastructure increases the Aegis systems' capability and is a major step
toward an open architecture, designed to ease introduction of future computing
features and upgrades. The AN/SPY-1D(V) radar system adds the capability to
operate more effectively in littoral environments with automatic adaptive radar
mode control as well as a more sophisticated ability to defeat electronic
Another integral part of this upgraded system is the ship's latest Undersea
Warfare System, the AN/SQQ-89(V)15, which also incorporates Lockheed Martin's
new Remote Minehunting System (RMS). This further enhances the ship's
multi-mission role by providing an organic mine reconnaissance capability to
fleet battle groups and increased synergy among major warfighting components on
the ship. This same RMS will also be integrated on the US Navy's Littoral Combat
Ship, the first of which is under construction at Marinette Marine in Marinette,
WI, and will be delivered to the Navy in December 2006.
The Aegis Weapon System is the world's premier naval surface defense system. It
seamlessly integrates the AN/SPY-1D(V) radar, the Mk 41 Vertical Launching
System and a family of U.S. Navy missiles with its own command and control
system, and is capable of simultaneous operations against multiple advanced air,
surface, subsurface and ballistic missile threats.
Currently, Aegis Weapon Systems are on 76 cruisers, destroyers and frigates in
service around the world. Plans are currently underway to install the system on
an additional 30 U.S. and international navy destroyers and frigates.
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