Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems has been awarded a modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise options for ship integration and test of the AEGIS Weapon System (AWS) for AWS baselines through Advanced Capability Build 12.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification, valued around $60 million, is awarded by Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington, DC.
The contract work will be performed in Camden, New Jersey (35 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (19 percent); Pascagoula, Mississippi (12 percent); Moorestown, New Jersey (10 percent); San Diego, California (9 percent); Bath, Maine (8 percent); Deveselu, Romania (3 percent); and various places below one percent (4 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2018.
Aegis Combat System (ACS) is an integrated naval weapons system developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA, and now produced by Lockheed Martin. It uses powerful computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets.
AEGIS Weapon System (AWS), the heart of ACS, comprises the AN/SPY-1 Radar, MK 99 Fire Control System, WCS, the Command and Decision Suite, and SM-2 Standard Missile family of weapons; these include the basic RIM-66 Standard, the RIM-67 extended range missile, and the newer RIM-161 designed to counter ballistic missile threats.
A further SM-2 based weapon, the RIM-174 Standard ERAM (SM-6) was deployed in 2013. Individual ships may not carry all variants. Weapons loads are adjusted to suit assigned mission profile.