Serious Dollars for AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)
June 28/18: FMS request by Spain The government of Spain is looking into purchasing five Aegis Weapon Systems from the US. The DSCA announced that it has made a determination to approve the requested foreign military sale valued at $860,4 million. Aegis, named after the legendary protective shield of Zeus, is deployed on over 80 serving naval ships around the globe. It equips Spain’s fleet of F100 Alvaro de Bazan Class frigates. Its radar system can perform search, track and missile guidance functions simultaneously, with the ability to track over 100 targets at over 100 miles. The Aegis combat system software takes input from a number of systems in order to create a unified picture of the threat environment. The proposed deal also includes the purchase of MK 54 torpedoes, SM-2 Block IIIB missiles and countermeasure systems. Spain currently operates five Aegis frigates and is proficient at using the AEGIS system to its fullest capability. The prime contractors will be Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and General Dynamics.
The AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System seamlessly integrates the SPY-1 radar, the MK 41 Vertical Launching System for missiles, the SM-3 Standard missile, and the ship’s command and control system, in order to give ships the ability to defend against enemy ballistic missiles. Like its less-capable AEGIS counterpart, AEGIS BMD can also work with other radars on land and sea via Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC). That lets it receive cues from other platforms and provide information to them, in order to create a more detailed battle picture than any one radar could produce alone.
AEGIS has become a widely-deployed top-tier air defense system, with customers in the USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, and Spain. In a dawning age of rogue states and proliferation of mass-destruction weapons, the US Navy is being pushed toward a “shield of the nation” role as the USA’s most flexible and most numerous option for missile defense. AEGIS BMD modifications are the keystone of that effort – in the USA, and beyond.
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