Lockheed Martin successfully completes latest Aegis test

Lockheed Martin announced on Thursday that it successfully completed the first Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air test of the Aegis Combat System.

The test demonstrated that the system was capable of defending beyond its line of sight. It was able to do this by using data from a remote sensor to intercept the target. This was the first test at sea and the second time this year when Aegis used remote data to successfully intercept a target.

"The latest NIFC-CA test demonstrated how the Aegis Combat System has taken a significant step forward in increasing interoperability with remote systems to extend the distance that we can detect, analyze and intercept targets," Jim Sheridan, the director of the U.S. Navy Aegis programs for Lockheed Martin, said. "We continue to use our advanced solutions to provide the Navy with the robust and reliable capabilities needed to defend our nation from sophisticated threats."

In the test, the Aegis system was again able to successfully use the Cooperative Engagement Capability to interpret data from remote sources. With this data, Aegis was able to launch a Standard Missile-6 missile from the USS Chancellorsville and destroy a target.

The Aegis Combat System is found on U.S. naval cruisers and destroyers. The new upgrades to the Aegis system allow the system to adapt to changing threats in the defense landscape.

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