"It's an exciting time to be part of Aegis' evolution," said Jim Sheridan, director of Aegis Baseline 9 programs for Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Sensors business. "This test is the culmination of two years of hard work by our Lockheed Martin engineers and marks the start of a new era where the Navy no longer has to choose between air or missile defense capabilities for any given mission."
Lockheed Martin said the demonstration was conducted at a land-based U.S. Navy facility in New Jersey.
In addition to testing the Baseline 9 upgrade, the demonstration also involved the use of a multi-mission signal processor to counter the electronic jamming systems of attacking aircraft.
The scalable MMSP combines next-generation Aegis ballistic missile defense and anti-air warfare capabilities in an open system architecture.