U.S. Navy Test Confirms Missile Firing Capability of Aegis Open Architecture

Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:03am EST

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Aegis Fire Control and MK 41 Launching System Upgrades Perform Successfully At
White Sands Missile Range

    WHITE SANDS, N.M., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In a successful first test of
its advanced fire control system, Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Aegis Open
Architecture Weapon System recently performed a successful missile firing from
the U.S. Navy's "USS Desert Ship" at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).
    This was the first test of upgrades to both the Aegis Fire Control System
and the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) installed on the USS Desert
Ship, the Navy's land-based, live-fire test bed for surface-to-air weapons.
The platform is continually upgraded to meet the Navy's live fire testing
    The WSMR Aegis Fire Control System upgrade is a tailored commercial off-
the-shelf equipment suite built by Lockheed Martin that incorporates Aegis
Open Architecture computer program products.  The WSMR system uses weapon
control; common sensor and tracker services; SPY-1 radar; and command and
decision computer program modules which are part of the Aegis Open
Architecture system that will be installed on Aegis-equipped cruisers as part
of the U.S. Navy's Cruiser Modernization program.
    The MK 41 Vertical Launching System Baseline VII installed at WSMR is the
version of the below-deck missile launching system employed on U.S. Navy
destroyers beginning with the USS Pinkney (DDG-91).  The Baseline VII's
installation at WSMR provides full commonality with the latest fleet systems.
    Both systems were installed at the Desert Ship in March 2007 to begin an
extensive integration and test period.  The system has been certified to
support testing of all Standard Missile (SM)-2, medium range variants.
Continuing efforts are underway to certify SM-2 Block IV and SM-6.
    "This live firing further demonstrates the readiness of Aegis Open
Architecture," said Orlando Carvalho, vice president and general manager of
Lockheed Martin's Surface-Sea Based Missile Defense line of business.  "The
systems engineering and methodical testing at WSMR provides greater assurance
to the fleet that the next generation of Aegis - Aegis Open Architecture -
will perform."
    Aegis Open Architecture will allow the Navy to stay on technology's
leading edge through its innovative use of commonly-available commercial off-
the-shelf computing hardware and open system software, enabling the service to
more easily implement technology refreshes and capability upgrades to the
weapon system as they are developed in the future.
    USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) will be the first of 22 cruisers scheduled for
modernization with Aegis Open Architecture when it begins its depot
modernization period in February 2008.  In 2012, the Navy will begin a similar
modernization program for the 62-ship class of Aegis-equipped Arleigh Burke
    The road to Aegis Open Architecture included extensive systems engineering
to reconfigure Aegis with commercial off-the-shelf computing hardware and open
system software.  The end result is a weapon system that can absorb frequent
technology refreshes and can readily accept upgrades in capabilities, whether
they are accomplished through new development or through the integration of
separately developed third party products.
    The Aegis Weapon System is the world's premier naval surface defense
system.  It seamlessly integrates the SPY-1 radar, the MK 41 Vertical
Launching System, SM-2 and SM-3 missiles and the weapon system's command and
control system.
    The Aegis Weapon System is currently deployed on 85 ships around the globe
with more than 20 additional ships planned or under contract.  In addition to
the U.S., Aegis is the maritime weapon system of choice for Australia, Japan,
Norway, South Korea and Spain.
    Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs more than 140,000
people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology
systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2007 sales of 41.9
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