The United States Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have certified the latest update of the Aegis Combat System for the military’s destroyer fleet.
The upgrade, known as Baseline 9.C1 was built by Lockheed Martin. Due to the changes, the destroyer fleet’s defensive capabilities will be improved, and it will be easier to assimilate the fleet with other systems.
“The Aegis Combat System Baseline 9.C1 offers unprecedented capabilities, including simultaneous air and ballistic missile defense,” said Jim Sheridan, Lockheed Martin director of Aegis programs in a Monday press release. “This Aegis baseline also improves Aegis networking capabilities, allowing Aegis vessels to automatically coordinate defense with input from satellite and ground-based radar assets—forming a true shield of defense over a wide area.”
Baseline 9.C1 features the BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade, which helps destroyers to incapacitate ballistic missiles located in both the upper and lower atmosphere.
Though the certification was just announced on Monday, the Navy and MDA put the BMD upgrades through a multi- phased examination period, known as Multi-Mission Warfare (MMW) testing, during the summer of 2015. According to Lockheed Martin, the Aegis baseline “flawlessly detected, tracked, and engaged two Ballistic Missile and two air warfare targets” during the event, which took place aboard the USS John Paul Jones.
The Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis BMD Combat System’s most important feature is the SPY-1 radar, which has been equipped on more than 100 ships. The baseline 9.C1 improved both the radar resolution and discrimination abilities of the SPY-1 radar.
“Aegis Baseline 9.C1 provides the U.S. Navy surface fleet with the most advanced air defense capability ever,” the company claimed. “Under this baseline configuration, Aegis merges BMD and anti-air warfare into its Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability using commercial-off-the-shelf and open architecture technologies.”
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