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.
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
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