Lockheed Completes Testing of AEGIS BMD Initial Engagement Capability

Released on Monday, January 10, 2005
United States of America
Aegis BMD
CG 47 (VLS)
Standard SM-3 Block IA
BMD - Ballistic Missile Defense
MDA - Missile Defense Agency
Lockheed-Martin has announced that land-based testing of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) engagement capability has been completed successfully. This sea-based capability will defend the United States, its deployed forces abroad, and allies from threat of short- and medium-range ballistic missile attack.

Spanning several months, the testing of Aegis BMD initial engagement capability was conducted at the Combat System Engineering Development Site in Moorestown, New Jersey. The testing focused on integrating the ballistic missile intercept mission with the long-range surveillance and tracking capability fielded in September 2004. The program culminated in December 2004 with a seamlessly integration of hardware and a modified Aegis weapon system software supporting BMD engagement capability.

According to US Navy plans, two Aegis-equipped destroyers will be upgraded with Aegis BMD engagement capability during 2006. Both ships will then be used for final BMD testing before the end of 2006. In the event of a national security crisis, the Aegis BMD could be deployed to protect the United States prior to completion of final development testing.

Aegis BMD engagement capability relies upon Aegis weapon system - SPY-1 radar as well as its associated command, control and communications systems and weapon control system - and the Standard SM-3 missile to detect, track, characterize and engage short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. The US Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will ultimately outfit 15 Aegis destroyers and three Aegis cruisers with the capability to engage a ballistic missiles with an SM-3.


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