Navy orders Aegis system target illuminators

July 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has given General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products a $32.6 million contract for Aegis Weapons System illuminators.

The MK82 gun and guided-missile directors and MK200 director controllers will be for six Aegis system sets.

"The award of this competitive contract extends General Dynamics' production of critical Aegis components over the next five years," said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of the company's armament systems. "The Aegis Weapon System provides the Navy with cutting-edge technology that will remain viable for decades to come."

The MK82 director, commanded by the MK200 controller, positions the fire control antenna to illuminate targets and provide guidance to missiles used for fleet defense and for ballistic missile defense. The illuminators ordered will be installed on DDG51 Arleigh Burke class ships.

Deliveries of the illuminator components are scheduled to be completed by March 2018, the company said.

Additional details of the illuminators and the contract were not disclosed.

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