Aegis Combat System tests Japan's BMD capabilities

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has announced Japan´s warship the JS ATAGO (DDG-177), supported by Lockheed, the US Navy and Missile Defense Agency, has used an upgraded Aegis Combat System, testing the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capability for the first time, the company said.

The September 11 Japanese Flight Test Mission-05 exercise demonstrated organic engagement of a simple separating target.

The JS ATAGO Aegis Weapon System merges BMD into an Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability using commercial-off-the-shelf and open architecture technologies including the Aegis Common Source Library (CSL).

JS ATAGO is the first international ship to benefit from the CSL, which allows far greater interoperability across the fleet, reducing development training and sustainment costs. It also improves flexibility in crew assignments.

This successful BMD test builds upon joint research investments by the United States and Japan. Lockheed Martin is developing a Baseline 9 variant computer program for deployment on Japan´s newest Aegis destroyers.

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