MDA readies missile defense destroyers for new 'big deal' mission: tracking space objects

By Jason Sherman / June 14, 2022 at 12:41 PM
The Defense Department is readying Navy destroyers equipped for ballistic missile defense operations for a second full-time, simultaneous mission: assisting the Space Force with situational awareness of the heavens in a move that aims to leverage nearly 30 Aegis ships with SPY-1 radars to help fill gaps in the Space Surveillance Network. The initiative involves a software upgrade to the Aegis weapon system which controls the SPY-1 radar on the BMD-capable Arleigh Burke-class destroyers -- a sensor that has long...

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