Aegis radar performs during test

July 26, 2011 at 7:22 AM

MOORESTOWN, N.J., July 26 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin's Aegis SPY-1 radar identified, tracked and engaged live targets during a Multi-Mission Signal Processor simulation test for a U.S. Navy system.

The MMSP is developed and fielded as part of the Navy's Aegis system, which combines next-generation Ballistic Missile Defense and anti-air warfare capability in an open combat-system architecture.

During the test, live aircraft conducted simulated attacks at the U.S. Navy's Vice Adm. James H. Doyle Combat Systems Engineering Development Site. The Aegis SPY-1 radar, equipped with MMSP, tracked the aircraft and successfully executed all attack scenarios, Lockheed reported.

"By combining the proven SPY-1 radar and Aegis BMD signal processing into a single open architecture platform, we can provide a cost-effective technical solution with unprecedented future growth to the U.S. Navy," said Brad Hicks, vice president of naval radar programs at Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Sensors business.

"The success of this test confirms the system is on track for deployment to the fleet next year."

The MMSP is scheduled for installation on guided missile destroyers equipped with the Aegis Weapon System, starting in 2012.

The Missile Defense Agency and the Navy are developing Aegis BMD as part of the United States' Ballistic Missile Defense System.

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