Thursday, June 21, 2012

Exclusive! India renews interest in Aegis

Neelam Mathews
July 21, 2012
Washington D.C

Over three years since the Indian Navy showed an interest in the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, India might be rethinking the acquisition. A Request For Information is expected to be released for the system. This will be an FMS case, AerospaceDiary learns.

Aegis is the primary sea-based component of the U.S. missile defense system. Aegis BMD seamlessly integrates the SPY-1 radar, MK 41 Vertical Launching System, and SM-3 missile through an advanced command and control system.

Japan, Korea, Spain, Norway and Australia have already bought the system. Kuwait and UAE have shown interest, according to Lockheed Martin's Jeff Bantle here. He adds demand is increasing as the threat environment intensifies.

Twenty-six Aegis BMD-equipped warships - 22 in the U.S. Navy and four in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force - have the certified capability to engage ballistic missiles and perform long-range surveillance and tracking missions. Twelve additional ships have been identified for modification to perform ballistic missile defense in the next 36 months and the U.S. Navy is considering up to eight more (DDG 114 – 121) Aegis-equipped destroyers.

Aegis BMD uses the mobility of Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers to permit intercepts during the ascent, midcourse and descent phases, as well as providing surveillance support to other elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

Aegis BMD-equipped ships use hit-to-kill technology to intercept and destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. Additionally, Aegis BMD-equipped ships provide surveillance and tracking of intercontinental ballistic missiles and work with other BMDS elements to provide advance warning.

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