The US Navy and Spanish Navy has conducted the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline with a foreign ship.
The event also marked the first combined Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trial with the Spanish Navy since 2007.
The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and Spanish frigate Cristobol Colon (F 105) took part in the lie missile firing events.
Arleigh Burke commanding officer Tom Myers said: "While our combat systems suites are slightly different, the way we operate and execute missions are quite similar.
"My crew and I are grateful for the opportunity to deepen our operational relationship with our Spanish allies and enhance interoperability initiatives between our two navies.”
During the testing, both the naval ships along with E-2 Hawkeye aircraft used the Aegis AN/SPY-1 radar and tactical data links to share a common tactical picture.
The US destroyer has also demonstrated Aegis Integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) and area defense (AD) detect-to-engage performance against a range of subsonic anti-ship cruise missile targets.
Aegis Fleet Readiness major programme manager captain Todd Boehm said: "The complex, multi-participant interoperability testing between DDG 51, F 105, land based test sites, E-2C and E-2D aircraft as well as challenging IAMD and AD test scenarios demonstrate the impressive capability of the Aegis Combat System that is delivered to the hands of our sailors.”
The Aegis Weapon System is a centralised, automated, command-and-control weapons control system designed to perform functions ranging from detection to engagement.
The high-powered radar performs search, track, and missile guidance functions with a track capacity of more than 100 targets.
The Aegis Common Source Library created by the Aegis Baseline 9 enables software reuse and commonality across all modern Aegis Combat System configurations specifically allowing the use of common tactical software across four different Aegis configurations, including air defence cruisers, IAMD destroyers, new construction IAMD destroyers, and Aegis Ashore.
Image: USS Arleigh Burke in Norfolk. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Rachel Elizabeth Rakoff / Released.