U.S. Missile Defense Agency officials have announced a contract of $327 million to Rotary and Mission Systems segment of Lockheed Martin for designing, developing, integrating, testing and certifying the Aegis ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) 6.0 capability.
The new radar will go aboard Flight III Burke-class destroyers, thus far two Flight III Burke-class destroyers are under contract: the USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125); and the USS Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126).
Lockheed Martin is designing Aegis baseline 10 so that it can be compatible with older variants AN/SPY-1 radars to backlift older U.S. Navy Burke-class destroyers, and to help foreign navies upgrade their systems to baseline 10. Flight III is the latest version of the Burke-class guided missile destroyer, and will be equipped for ballistic missile defense.
The new radar will be featured with S-band radar, coupled with X-band horizon-search radar, and a radar suite controller (RSC) to manage radar resources and integrate with the combat management system of the ship.
Lockheed Martin is expected to complete the work by December 2025.
Source: Shipboard Electronics