Lockheed-Martin Completes Land-based Testing of AEGIS BMD Capability

Released on Tuesday, August 31, 2004
South Korea
United States of America
Aegis BMD
CG 47 (VLS)
DDG 51 Flight IIA
F100 Alvaro de Bazan
F310 Fridtjof Nansen
BMD - Ballistic Missile Defense
BMDS - Ballistic Missile Defense System
C2BMC - Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications
GMD - Ground based Mid-course Defense
MDA - Missile Defense Agency
The Lockheed-Martin Corporation announced that it has successfully completed the land-based testing of the first deployable Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) long range surveillance and tracking capability.

Aegis BMD is a part of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) being developed by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in cooperation with the US Navy to protect the United States and the allied nations from a long range ballistic missile attack.

The target data information required by the BMDS is provided from the SPY-1 radar system and its associated command, control and communications systems. The BMDS Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system supports the incoming ballistic missile interception operation and provides situational awareness to the ship's commander. The data generated by the Aegis BMD can be fed into the Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) providing additional threat information in support of ground-based interceptors launch.

The land-based test, conducted at the US Navy Combat System Engineering Development Site, used simulated interfaces to connect with the C2BMC and GMD systems. Verification of the Aegis system compatibility with the two systems is required in order to install the Aegis BMD in US Navy's DDG51-class destroyers.

The US Navy and the MDA will ultimately outfit 15 DDG51-class destroyers and three Ticonderoga-class cruisers with the Aegis BMD long range surveillance and tracking capability. Nevertheless, only Ticonderoga-class cruisers will be equipped with the capability to engage long range ballistic missiles with the Standard Missile 3 (SM-3). This measure is a leap forward to field an initial, credible ballistic missile defense capability in 2004-2005.

The Aegis weapon system is the primary anti-air warfare system installed on 69 US Navy destroyers and cruisers, with 20 more ships on the way. Japan selected the Aegis weapon system for its Kongo-class destroyers, Spain F100, Norway F310, Korea KDXIII, and, recently, Australia selected the Aegis system for its air warfare destroyer program.


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