Lockheed Integrating Off-The-Shelf Tech Into Aegis System

Lockheed Martin is integrating commercial-off-the-shelf technology into a new missile defense system, the company announced Monday.

The Bethesda, Md.-based defense and technology contractor holds a $183 million contract to integrate Aegis weapon system hardware and a $148 million contract to produce the system for a Navy destroyer.

A Lockheed, Missile Defense Agency and Navy team recently tested the second generation Aegis ballistic missile defense system and the company reported that Aegis BMD 4.01 intercepted a ballistic missile target for the first time.

This configuration uses a commercial-off-the-shelf adjunct signal processor and open architecture standards, design for users to add third-party components and turn-key solutions.

According to the company, this is the sixth time the USS Lake Erie fulfilled requirements during MDA and Navy testing of this Aegis version during the past 28 months. 

Two Navy ships have the newest Aegis system onboard and the system was certified in March.

Aegis systems will undergo further evolutions to combine air and missile defense capability into an integrated system.

Lockheed reports the system is already included on 27 ships and should be a part of 36 by 2014. 

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