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Japan Buys Another Aegis System

The Aegis Weapon System is currently deployed on 83 ships around the globe with more than 20 additional ships planned or under contract. In addition to the United States and Japan, Aegis is the maritime weapon system of choice for Spain, Norway, South Korea and Australia.

Russia tests new SLBM
Russia announced Tuesday it had successfully fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile from the Pacific Ocean several thousand miles to a target in the Arctic Ocean, RIA Novosti reported. RIA Novosti cited a Russian navy spokesman as saying the missile was fired from the Delta III class submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy across the Russia Federation and that it successfully struck its designated target at testing grounds on an island in the Barents Sea off the coast of northern Russia.

"The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy is one of the four Russian nuclear submarines of Delta III class in Russia's Pacific Fleet. Each submarine is armed with 16 SS-N-18 Stingray missiles," RIA Novosti said. Russia went through a period of successive failures in testing its new Bulava SLBM, which is meant to be the main strategic weapon on its new class of Borei-955 nuclear submarines.

by Martin Sieff
UPI Senior News Analyst
Moorestown, NJ (SPX) Aug 08, 2007
Lockheed Martin has received a $33 million contract to provide Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capability to the Aegis-equipped Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force destroyer JDS Chokai. JDS Chokai is the second of four Japanese destroyers to be outfitted with the Aegis BMD Weapon System. Aegis BMD is currently being installed on JDS Kongo, which is scheduled to return to sea and conduct its first BMD missile firing in late 2007.

The Aegis Weapon System is the world's premier naval surface defense system and is the foundation for Aegis BMD, the primary component of the sea-based element of the United States' Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

Aegis BMD has established a record of strong performance with nine successful ballistic missile intercepts in 11 attempts.

"This is a significant order that will provide work for Moorestown employees through 2009," said Saxton, who worked with Department of Defense and Japanese officials on the issue. "Japan is a close ally, and its decision to buy Aegis technology shows a continuing confidence and commitment to Kongo-class destroyers outfitted with American-built products. I'm especially pleased this purchase is an export of U.S. goods and services, and will reduce the trade deficit."

The Aegis BMD Weapon System seamlessly integrates the SPY-1 radar, the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, the SM-3 missile and the Aegis Weapon System's command and control system. The Aegis BMD Weapon System also integrates with the Missile Defense Agency's BMDS, receiving cues from and providing cueing information to other BMDS elements.

The Aegis Weapon System is currently deployed on 83 ships around the globe with more than 20 additional ships planned or under contract. In addition to the United States and Japan, Aegis is the maritime weapon system of choice for Spain, Norway, South Korea and Australia.

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