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F-35 and Aegis Combat System in First Live Missile Test

TWO PRE-EMINENT weapon systems, the F-35 Lightning II and Aegis weapon system, worked together for the first time recently during a live fire exercise at the White Sands missile range in New Mexico, USA.

The joint Lockheed Martin, US.Navy and US Marine Corps exercise was the first live fire missile event that successfully demonstrated the integration of the F-35 to support Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA).

During the test, an unmodified US Marine Corps F-35B from the Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, acted as an elevated sensor and detected an over-the-horizon threat. The F-35B sent data through the aircraft's multi-function advanced data link to a ground station connected to the Aegis weapon system on the USS Desert Ship a land-based ship.

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The target was subsequently engaged and intercepted by a Standard Missile 6. Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, commented: "Those attributes were successfully proven at White Sands Missile Range in a very realistic demonstration of distributed lethality leveraging a US Marine Corps F-35B and the US Navy's Aegis weapon system. This only scratches the surface of the potential warfighting capabilities F-35 aircraft will ultimately enable across our military forces."

This capability, when fully realized, will significantly increase situational awareness using Aegis and the F-35 together to better understand the maritime operational environment. Using any variant of the F-35 as a broad area sensor, the aircraft can significantly increase the Aegis capability to detect, track and engage.

Aegis Baseline 9 delivers a fully open architecture system on US destroyers and is the basis for current and future Aegis integrated air and missile defence (IAMD).

Baseline 9 is being fielded on in-service destroyers, new construction destroyers and Aegis ashore.......................... For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.

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