Navy Certifies Latest Aegis Combat System

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  1. Pathfinder

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    U.S. Navy Certifies Latest Capabilities of Aegis Combat System

    MOORESTOWN, N.J. Jan. 11, 2016 –
    The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) certified the latest evolution of the Aegis Combat System – called Baseline 9.C1 – for the U.S. destroyer fleet. The Aegis baseline, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) offers advanced defense capabilities and enhanced integration with other systems external to the ship.

    “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. “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.”

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/ne...test-capabilities-of-aegis-combat-system.html
     
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    This is a key takeaway from the article:

    Baseline 9.C1, also includes the most current generation of ballistic missile defense programming, known as BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade, which offers the proven capability to shoot down ballistic missiles in both the exo-atmosphere (upper atmosphere) and endo-atmosphere (lower atmosphere).


    Right now all Cruisers and Destroyers have Aegis, but only some, not the whole fleet, have been upgraded with BDM capabilities. Does this update, having BMD 5.0 builtin, now mean that the whole fleet will be BMD capable?

    Wow if that's the case. Going from five Ticonderogas and twenty-five Burkes equipped with BMD to having the whole fleet - twenty-two Ticonderogas and sixty-two Arleigh Burkes... :eek: Maker have mercy on enemy ballistic missiles, 'cause the USN wont.
     
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    Well looking at the how Iran, North Korea and Russia are constantly developing their Ballistic missiles capabilities this is a necessity. We have a lot of geography to cover and a lot of allies to defend.
     
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