The US Navy has awarded a contract to Lockheed for the production of the Aegis weapon system for the DDG-113 destroyer, and advanced procurement funding for two additional systems for DDGs 114 and 115.

The $97m contract includes four Aegis multimission signal processors with three for the destroyers and an additional unit for the navy’s Surface Combat System Center.

It also includes an option for an Aegis ashore system to protect US and allied troops in Europe against short and medium-range ballistic missile threats.

Aegis is the weapon system of choice for Australia, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea and Spain.