Lockheed Martin, U.S. Navy and MDA celebrate completion of missile defense system

Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency celebrated the completion of its Aegis Ashore system for Romania on October 24, which will be deployed to the country in 2015.

The team conducted a "light off" of its Aegis Ashore system, which is now operationally ready and equipped with a re-locatable deckhouse. The unit will be added to Romania's European Phased Adaptive Approach for ballistic missile defense. Before deployment, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency will conduct full acceptance testing to ensure quality before its shipment to Romania.

The ceremony marked the second system "light off" since the team joined forces less than six months ago. The first Aegis Ashore system will have its first live test near year at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.

Aegis Ashore uses the most advanced ballistic missile defense technology, entitled BMD 5.0. The technology combines sea-based ballistic missile defense capabilities with innovative options for land-based use .

Lockheed Martin is headquartered at Bethesda, Maryland. It is a company that designs advanced technology systems, services and products to help support global security. Lockheed Martin employs approximately 116,000 people around the world and its net sales in 2012 closed at $47.2 billion.

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