Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (LM RMS) has been awarded a follow on contract, worth around $327 million, in support of the development of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) 6.0 system.
Under this sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee and firm-fixed-price contract, awarded by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Lockheed Martin will design, develop, integrate, test and certify the Aegis BMD 6.0 capability.
Aegis BMD 6.0 provides an increased BMD capability by incorporating the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), now designated SPY-6, for introduction on the U.S. Navy’s first Flight III DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125).
The work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey, with an estimated completion date of December 2025.
The Aegis BMD (ABMD) system is a U.S. Missile Defense Agency program developed, as part of the national missile defense strategy, to provide missile defense against short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs, MRBMs and IRBMs).
The primarily ship-based system is designed to intercept ballistic missiles post-boost phase and prior to reentry using the RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) mid-course interceptors and the RIM-156 Standard Missile 2 Extended Range Block IV (SM-2 Block IV) or RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile (SM-6) terminal-phase interceptors. Aegis BMD-equipped vessels can also transmit their target detection information to the land-based Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system.
The U.S. Navy currently has 33 vessels equipped with Aegis BMD system – 5 Ticonderoga-class cruisers and 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
A land-based component of the Aegis BMD system, called Aegis Ashore, was also developed.