U.S. Navy’s Aegis Weapon System

Combat systems engineering is key to having a swift and powerful missile defense system.

061806-N-8492C-066 Pacific Ocean (June 18, 2006) - Three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, the USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS Lassen (DDG 82) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) steam in formation during a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) for Valiant Shield 2006. Valiant Shield focuses on integrated joint training among U.S. military forces, enabling real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces and in detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. U.S. Navy photo by Chief PhotographerÕs Mate Todd P. Cichonowicz (RELEASED)
U.S. Navy photo by Chief PhotographerÕs Mate Todd P. Cichonowicz (RELEASED)

Thanks to Lockheed Martin, world’s top defense contractor, the US Navy has one of the world’s best naval combat systems: the Aegis Weapon System (AWS).

Operating the AWS inside a naval destroyer!

The AWS can simultaneously attack land targets, submarines and surface ships. It can track and guide weapons/missiles to destroy up to 100 targets at once via computers and radar.

Anatomy of AWS

Equipped with Spy-1 air search radar, SM-3 missiles and the MK 41 Vertical Missile Launch System which can accept any missile into any cell, the AWS Combat System kicks ass.


The US Navy currently has 74 ships installed with AWS: 22 Cruisers and 52 Destroyers.

NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command)

Lockheed Martin’s interactive map of Aegis-equipped ships!

NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems Command)

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