Lockheed Martin’s Maritime Systems and Sensors division from Moorestown, New Jersey has received a USD 54.70 million contract modification to incrementally fund the Aegis Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) activities and Aegis Modernization Advanced Capability Build engineering.
The Aegis Platform Systems Engineering Agent manages the in-service combat systems configurations as well as the integration of new or upgraded capability into the CG 57 class of ships and the DDG 51 class of ships.
The Arleigh Burke class of destroyers is the U.S. Navy’s first class of destroyers built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar. Ships of this class were designed as multi-role destroyers to fit the AAW (Anti-Aircraft Warfare); ASW (Anti-submarine warfare) role, ASUW (Anti-surface warfare) role with their Harpoon missile launcher; and strategic land strike role with their Tomahawk missiles.
The Ticonderoga class of guided-missile cruisers is a class of U.S. Navy warships that uses phased-array radar and was originally planned as a class of destroyers.
Nevertheless, the increased combat capability offered by the Aegis combat system and the AN/SPY-1 radar system was used to justify the change of the classification from DDG (guided missile destroyer) to CG (guided-missile cruiser) shortly before the keels were laid down for the Ticonderoga and the Yorktown warships.
The Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA has developed the Aegis Combat System which is now produced by Lockheed Martin. This combat system is also used in five navies worldwide, which are the Royal Norwegian Navy, Republic of Korea Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Spanish Navy, and the US Navy. The number of installed systems amounts to over 100 ships.
Lockheed Martin will perform the work in Moorestown, New Jersey and the job is expected to end by September 2015.
Naval Today Staff, May 7, 2014; Image: Wikimedia