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  • The Future of Aegis and Ballistic Missile Defense

    Aegis is probably the most effective naval combat system fielded in a generation. It is an integrated system of sensors, computers, software displays, and weapons designed originally to protect ships from cruise missiles, aerial attack, and subsurface attack. It was first deployed in the 1970s on the CG-7 Ticonderoga class cruisers, and later on the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Originally each carrier battle group was built around a Ticonderoga-class cruiser which coordinated the fire of other ships in the group. Now a much higher percentage of our surface combatants have Aegis on board: a total of 22 cruisers and 62 destroyers, with about 35 more destroyers on the drawing boards. Most of those will replace existing vessels scheduled for retirement, so the total will remain at about 80.

    By upgrading the software and sensor package and adding the SM-3 interceptor, the Aegis system has the capability to knock down intermediate range ballistic missiles. There are currently 20 Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)-capable Aegis ships in service, a number which will grow to 38 in the next five years. Eventually all Aegis destroyers and at least ten Aegis cruisers will have the BMD upgrade.

    So what? Well, Aegis BMD cruisers and destroyers can move into regions under threat from ballistic missile attack and provide a defensive capability without the political complications of land-based systems. Those complications were apparent for everyone to see in Europe last year. Instead, we can move Aegis BMD ships into the Sea of Japan to guard against North Korean missiles, ...




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    The system is getting a bit old. It has been around long enough for the Russians to figure out a way or two to confuse it.

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      Originally posted by Great History View Post
      ..Aegis BMD cruisers and destroyers can move into regions under threat from ballistic missile attack and provide a defensive capability without the political complications of land-based systems. Instead, we can move Aegis BMD ships into the Sea of Japan to guard against North Korean missiles..

      Yes the 'mobile shield' concept is good

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