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This article was Originally Published on Apr 19, 2006 in Volume: 5  Issue: 1

Navy, MDA certify latest Aegis BMD weapon system

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Lockheed Martin announced on Sept. 11 that the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency have certified the latest version of the company-developed Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System for tactical deployment. The upgraded Aegis BMD Weapon System, version BMD 3.6, enhances the ballistic missile defense capabilities of the current Aegis BMD fleet, adds capability in other warfare areas and brings the BMD mission to additional destroyers and cruisers, Lockheed Martin said. Aegis BMD first went to sea with an initial Long Range Surveillance and Track capability in September 2004. Aegis BMD has built a record of success in various tests, including seven ballistic missile intercepts and nearly a dozen successful ballistic missile defense system tracking tests, according to Lockheed.

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