Military Embedded Systems

Aegis Combat System successfully completes three NIF-CA exercises


July 09, 2014

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53). The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to test the Baseline 9 Aegis Combat System. The exercises included the longest-range engagement ever tested with a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6).

This is the first major series of tests for the integrated air and missile defense (IAMD)-equipped USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), and highlights the system's accuracy in identifying and destroying threats from beyond the radar horizon.

The first of three Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA) exercises, AS-2A, involved a long-range mission, which used data from a non-Aegis system to identify targets. The second and third tests that followed, AS-2B and AS-2C, were conducted in increasingly difficult conditions that involved targets at varying altitudes and cross-sections.

"NIFC-CA is a game changer for the U.S. Navy because it can be used in collaboration with other systems, to track and destroy approaching cruise missiles at much longer distances than existing technologies can," says Jim Sheridan, director of Aegis U.S. Navy programs for Lockheed Martin.

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