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Aegis Combat Systems
Installed on Two New U.S.
The U.S. Navy, supported by Lockheed Martin, has installed the
Aegis Combat System aboard two new Navy destroyers, USS
Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109).
Making the announcement on April 20, Lockheed Martin says
that the Aegis Combat Systems aboard the ships have also been
certified as fully operational through the tests known as Combat
Systems Ship Qualification Trials.
During the trials, the ships’ Aegis Combat Systems were
evaluated for combat-readiness through comprehensive
surface, subsurface and anti-air warfare exercises. These
included manned raids and electronic attack scenarios, as well
as thorough testing of the systems’ tactical data link and air
“The Aegis systems installed on these two ships represent
continued improvements to what is a very agile and capable
Aegis system,” said Carmen Valentino, Lockheed Martin’s vice
president of Future Surface Combat systems. “Our Aegis team
has successfully delivered 15 technological evolutions to the
Navy, taking the Aegis combat system from an anti-ship missile
system to the basis for the U.S. approach to global missile
The Aegis Weapon System includes the SPY-1 radar, the
Navy’s most advanced radar system. When paired with the MK
41 Vertical Launching System, it is capable of delivering missiles
for every mission and threat environment in naval warfare.
Including these two new Navy ships, the Aegis Weapon
System is deployed on 95 ships around the globe. Aegis is the
weapon system of choice for Australia, Japan, Norway, the
Republic of Korea and Spain. Aegis-equipped ships combined
have more than 1,200 years of at-sea operational experience
and have launched more than 3,800 missiles in tests and actual
The USS Gravely and USS Jason Dunham are both Arleigh
Burke class guided-missile destroyers. APDR
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