Another First for Aegis

Baseline 9 completes first ever live-fire test aboard USS Chancellorsville
 

USS ChancellorsvilleThe Aegis Combat System completed its first at-sea live-fire test using the system’s newest capability build, Baseline 9. During the April 3 test, the Lockheed Martin developed Aegis system successfully detected, tracked and engaged a medium-altitude subsonic target from the USS Chancellorsville, shown leaving San Diego last month on its way to the test. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

For 44 years, Lockheed Martin has partnered with the U.S. Navy on the Aegis Combat System. Last month, the Navy continued that relationship by awarding the company the Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) contract.

Lockheed Martin validated the Navy’s decision on April 3 as the Aegis Combat System completed its first at-sea live-fire test using the system’s newest capability build, Baseline 9. While executing the test scenario, Aegis successfully detected, tracked and engaged a medium-altitude subsonic target from the USS Chancellorsville (CG 62).

During the exercise, the Chancellorsville’s Aegis system sent tracking orders to the ship’s gun system by performing ballistic computations, providing pointing orders, readying ammunition and firing five-inch projectiles – all while striking the target high overhead with an SM-2 missile.

“Every day our customers face a growing number of threats from our adversaries, which requires a continuous evolution in capabilities,” said Jim Sheridan, director of U.S. Navy Aegis programs for Lockheed Martin. “Baseline 9, as part of Aegis modernization, ensures we stay one step ahead of each of those complex and sophisticated threats at a faster pace and with more technological advancements than ever before."

Four additional live firing exercises will be completed aboard the Chancellorsville before the ship’s Combat System Ship Qualification Trial events begin later this year. The ship is the first of four Aegis cruisers scheduled for Baseline 9 modernization. The USS Normandy (CG 60), the next ship to receive upgrades, is nearing the end of the industrial phase of its modernization. The USS Princeton (CG 59) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) are next in line to enter their availability periods.

The live-fire test and the recent CSEA win will be major topics of discussion at the Lockheed Martin booth at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition, April 8-10, in National Harbor, located in Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C.  The annual trade show brings the U.S. defense industry and key military decision makers together for an innovative and educational maritime-based event.

Posted on April 8, 2013