Lockheed Martin Prepares Australia’s First Aegis Weapon System For Post-Production Testing
Testing on the first Air Warfare Destroyer Aegis shipset will begin in early May and complete in November. When testing concludes, the full Aegis Weapon System will be ready for installation in HMAS Hobart, the first of three Australian Air Warfare Destroyers under contract.
Lockheed Martin’s Production Test Center replicates a ship’s superstructure and allows for the first integration of all the subsystems of the Aegis Weapon System, including the SPY-1D(V) radar, illuminators, all computing hardware, and the cabling that will be used in the final ship installation. In its Production Test Center, Lockheed Martin conducts testing concurrently with each subsystem’s installation, as well as with the entire completed Aegis Weapon System, in order to ensure the system is ready for the rigors of sea before it ever leaves land.
“The land-based testing with HMAS Hobart’s Aegis Weapon System continues our enduring best practice of the ‘build a little, test a little’ philosophy which has underpinned the Aegis Program from its beginning,” said
Upon completion of the testing, the Aegis Weapon System will be shipped to ASC Shipyard in
The Aegis Weapon System is the world’s premier proven naval defense system. Its precision S-band SPY-1 radar and missile system seamlessly integrate with its own command and control. Its ability to detect, track and engage targets ranging from sea-skimming cruise missiles to ballistic missiles in space is unmatched.
The 91 Aegis-equipped ships currently in service around the globe have more than 1,100 years of at-sea operational experience and have launched more than 3,500 missiles in tests and real-world operations. In addition to the U.S. and
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