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Lockheed Martin Not Studying AAW for Aegis Ashore for MDA

 The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This is the test asset for the Aegis Ashore system on Jan. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This is the test asset for the Aegis Ashore system on Jan. 8, 2014. US Navy Photo

Lockheed Martin is not currently studying adding an anti-air warfare (AAW) capability to the Navy’s two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense (BMD) installations in Romania and Poland for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the company said on Thursday correcting comments made by a company official last week during a briefing on the program.

In a statement, the company said its official misspoke and the comments were based on dated information.

“Lockheed Martin is not under any taking by the MDA to implement AAW at this time for Aegis Ashore,” read the statement.
“Aegis Ashore is BMD only.”

The company did conduct a classified study on adding AAW for MDA in 2010, MDA told USNI News on Thursday.

While the company is not currently studying the AAW question, members in Congress have raised the question with MDA and the Department of Defense.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) asked about the capability for the Aegis Ashore sites to defend themselves against air attacks in light of Russia’s increased activity in Europe.

“I think it is a very important signal to send that we intend to protect that site and that there are consequences to the aggressive behavior we’ve seen recently,” he said during a March 19 missile defense hearing before the House Armed Services Committee.

Last week, Lockheed officials indicated the modifications to the sites would not be hard.

“We think it wouldn’t not be tremendously difficult because that’s the same configuration we’re delivering to destroyers today,” said Jim Sheridan, Director of AEGIS development for Lockheed Martin.

Aegis Ashore — created in conjunction with MDA and the Navy — uses the SPY-1D radar and the MK 41 vertical launch system tubes native to the Navy’s Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG) to detect and launch Standard Missile 3 interceptors to counter ballistic missile threats.

The first Aegis Ashore site in Romania is set to go online later this year.

  • Curtis Conway

    Study ? . . STUDY ? ! . The mod is a software build, and new missile house and some Mk 99 illumination. This is NOT THAT HARD! Anyone who tells you different is selling something.

    • J_kies

      Curtis – They are selling you something. This is L-M versus RAYCO, L-M would rather have you base a PAC3 unit there for Air Defense rather than have RAYCO sell a few more SM2s or SM6s as the L-M bottom line is a bit better using PATRIOT PAC3.

      This is why the actual US Government ought to do architecture and tell the companies to shut up and deliver what the Government determines is needed.

      • Guest

        I can believe that, but at this point, bottom lines should very much be beyond consideration. We are out of time. Make the disc build, install the new building, add the illustrators (4) to the roof, and enable data communications to whoever joins the net for coordinated defense.

    • USNVO

      You may have some issues with clutter as neither AEGIS nor any of the Navy’s missile seekers are really designed for overland operation. Some software tweeks are probably in order. Having said that, if you used a mix of SM-6 and SLAAMRAM-ER (ESSM with a AMRAAM active seeker), you wouldn’t even need the illuminators.

      • Curtis Conway

        “You may have some issues with clutter “.

        Point taken, so where is your test results?

      • Curtis Conway

        I suspect that employment capability in heavy sea states will be more than sufficient. However, some testing may be in order.

  • Secundius

    They should construct a Ground Level (Co-Op, Sweet or Bubble), similar to the Navy’s ICCS (Integrated Catapult Control Station). Replace the Six-faceted Circular Window and one on Top, but AEGIS AN/SPY antenna’s instead. Which would a “Field of View” of ~33,929-deg, 12′ & 02.37″ coverage…