The latest evolution of the AEGIS combat system, Baseline 9.B2.0 (BMD 5.1), further advanced engage-on-remote technologies following a successful US Navy- and Missile Defense Agency-led on-land ballistic missile defence system test event. During the test, the AEGIS system, built by Lockheed Martin, engaged and intercepted an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target with an interceptor missile based on ground-based radar track and discrimination data provided by Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC).
The test, called the Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03), demonstrated the integrated and interoperable capabilities of the AEGIS system to use remote sensor data provided by C2BMC to engage a missile from AEGIS ASHORE in a successful first-ever test event. The networked capability of the engage-on-remote technology provides an additional layer of defence to engaged forces by providing even more time to react to threats.
The test builds on the successful USS JOHN FINN (DDG 113) test in October, which demonstrated the integrated capabilities of the AEGIS system – particularly how it has continually evolved to counter advanced threats. It demonstrated the new take-down assessment functionality, bi-directional communications and sensor improvement algorithms. This capability is an innovative take-down assessment that uses infrared and sensor data correlation to achieve the mission.
"This test authenticates the strengthening global security of the US and its allies as we deepen the defence capabilities with the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System," commented Lockheed Martin AEGIS BMD Director, Paul Klammer. "This exercise showed that AEGIS is the most advanced combat system and the proven choice for a layered defence."
This test builds on joint research investments by the US and Japan and comes on the heels of a successful test with the JS ATAGO (DDG 177) in September. Lockheed Martin is developing a Baseline 9/BMD 5.1 variant computer programme for deployment on Japan's AEGIS destroyers.