Lockheed Martin To Get Billion Dollar Contract To Support AEGIS Radar Engineering

by: Matthew Potter
October 26, 2009

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The AEGIS air defense system started development forty years ago and has been in service with the U.S. Navy for about thirty on cruisers and destroyers. It is an integrated system of radars, software, missiles and vertical and rail launchers. The company that originally developed the radar was RCA but through acquisition and mergers it is now Lockheed Martin. The work on the radar has always been centered around Moorestown, NJ.

The system was originally for air defense but since the Nineties the Navy has been modifying it to support ballistic missile defense operations by creating the SM-3 missile. The SM-2 is the primary air defense missile currently in use. Raytheon makes the missile for the Navy. Lockheed was awarded a $1 billion contract to provide development work, engineering services and support to the missile defense part of the program last week. This contract is from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and not the Navy. The Obama Administration has focused on this naval system over the long range ground based systems and this indicates that commitment.

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