MAJOR COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
five-satellite system includes an in-orbit spare. Three are operational and a fourth was launched in September 2015. A fifth
— the spare — was launched in 2016. General Dynamics has
built MUOS ground stations in Hawaii, Virginia and Australia.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . Lockheed Martin Corp. (prime); General Dynamics
C4 Systems (ground station)
SHIPBOARD COMBAT SYSTEMS
AEGIS COMBAT SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The Aegis Combat System installed on all Arleigh
Burke-class destroyers (DDGs) and Ticonderoga-class cruisers is
the world’s premier naval air defense system and the sea-based
element of the U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) system. It is
the only operational radar and weapon system capable of simultaneous warfare against air, surface, subsurface and land targets.
The heart of the system is SPY- 1, an advanced, automatic
detect and track, multifunction phased-array radar. This
high-powered radar can perform search, track and missile-guidance functions simultaneously with a track capacity of
more than 100 targets. A computer-based command and decision element is the core of the Aegis Combat System, which
controls advanced anti-air and anti-submarine warfare systems, the MK 41 Vertical Launching System and the Tomahawk
Weapon System. The Aegis systems on 32 Arleigh Burke-class
destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers are being upgraded
to engage short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.
The Aegis fleet modernization program encompasses a series
of modifications and upgrades using COTS networking and system infrastructures. In 2007, the Navy approved installation of
a fully open architecture Aegis system for existing cruisers and
destroyers, with the goal of separating software and hardware
to create a networked computing environment. The combat system software also will be in component form to enable reuse on
in-service and new-construction ships. Installation of the fully
open architecture system, Advanced Capability Build 12, began in
2012. The Multi-Mission Signal Processor, which will combine
SPY- 1 radar and BMD signal processing in an open-architecture
environment, is being fielded on Aegis systems.
The Arleigh Burke DDGs under the restart program incorporate new technologies such as the SPY-1D(V) radar with
Multi-Mission Signal Processor, the Surface Electronic Warfare
Improvement Program, Ballistic Missile Defense 5.0 and the
SQQ-89(V) Anti-Submarine Warfare/Undersea Warfare Combat
The Aegis Combat System also forms the core of the Phased
Adaptive Approach that has installed Aegis Ashore BMD systems
in Romania and is in the process of installing one in Poland.
CON TRAC TORS: . . . . . . . . . Lockheed Martin Corp., Raytheon Co., Boeing Co.,
ATK, Aerojet (Standard Missile- 3)
BRIEFING: CEC is key to obtaining a single, integrated air
picture and provides the fleet with the defensive flexibility
required to confront the evolving threat of anti-ship cruise and
theater ballistic missiles. By integrating the sensor data of each
ship and aircraft into a single, real-time composite track picture, CEC improves battle force anti-air warfare and theater air
CEC simultaneously distributes sensor measurement data
on airborne threats to each CEC-equipped ship in real time or
by passing the information via the combat direction system to
the theater air defense information link systems within a battle group. CEC extends the range at which a ship can engage
hostile missiles to well beyond the radar horizon, provides
significant reductions in dual tracks and track swaps and significantly improves area, local and self-defense capabilities.
Major components are the USG- 2 fire-control system for
shipboard use and USG- 3 for the Navy’s E- 2 aircraft.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . Raytheon Co.
MOBILE USER OBJEC TIVE SYSTEM- 5 SATELLITE BEING PREPARED FOR
LAUNCH IN JANUARY 2016