Lockheed Martin will provide technical and engineering support for the US Navy’s land-based test facility for the Aegis ballistic defence (BMD) weapon system, under a $160m contract.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will support, operate and maintain the Naval Systems Computing Center (NSCC) and the SPY-1A naval radar test suite located near the combat systems engineering development site (CSEDS).

The CSEDS develops, integrates and delivers sophisticated computer software that allows the Aegis weapon system to constantly evolve to meet the world’s emerging threats while the NSCC and SPY-1A test suite provide critical capability for early computer programme development and element testing.

Navy personnel at CSEDS, in cooperation with Lockheed Martin engineers, tested modifications to Aegis before they were installed on the ships in the Pacific for the mission.