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Navy, Marine Corps Demo Lockheed’s F-35, Aegis Weapon System in Live Missile Fire Test

Navy, Marine Corps Demo Lockheed's F-35, Aegis Weapon System in Live Missile Fire Test - top government contractors - best government contracting event

f-35-live-fire-missile-testThe U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps demonstrated the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II aircraft and Aegis Weapon System during a live fire missile test held Monday at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Lockheed and the two service branches have conducted a Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air operation through the use of the Marine Corps' unmodified F-35B aircraft and the Navy’s Aegis system, the company said Tuesday.

The F-35B fighter jet worked as a broad area sensor in order to detect a hostile threat and used the Multi-Function Advanced Data Link to transmit data to a land-based station linked to the Lockheed-made Aegis combat platform onboard the USS Desert Ship (LLS-1).

The Aegis system used the data to launch a Standard Missile 6 in order to detect, engage and intercept the target, the company noted.

“NIFC-CA is a game changer for the U.S. Navy that extends the engagement range we can detect, analyze and intercept targets,“ said Dale Bennett, executive vice president at Lockheed's rotary and mission systems business.

The F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter plane that has sensors and communications systems and is designed to support air-to-surface, electronic attack, air-to-air as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The Aegis Combat System is the maritime-based element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System and is composed of SPY-1 air search radar, display and underwater countermeasure systems.

Lockheed’s Aegis Baseline 9 is an open-architecture platform designed to support the Aegis Integrated Air and Missile Defense system and is intended for deployment aboard U.S. destroyer ships and Aegis Ashore system.

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