U.S. Navy’s Aegis Weapon System

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

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.

MK-41 VLS

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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