Aegis Upgrade Causes Concern

The prospect of the Royal Norwegian Navy upgrading its five ‘Fridtjof Nansen’ class frigates with a new configuration of Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Combat Management System (CMS) is casing controversy inRussia.

Moscow has reacted angrily to the possible upgrade of the Aegis system installed on these ships to perform ballistic missile interception. This would effectively outfit the ships with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence (Aegis BMD) incarnation of the CMS.

Upgrading these ships could cost around $12 million (€9 million) per vessel, and would also require the modification of the ships’ Mk.41 Vertical Launch System to accommodate Raytheon RIM-161 Standard Missile-3 surface-to-air weapons.

AN/TPQ-53 Contract

Lockheed Martin has won a contract worth $881 million (€667 million) to supply  AN/TPQ-53 artillery location radars to the US Army.

Under the terms of this fixed-price contract awarded by the US Army’s Radar Product Manager, Lockheed Martin could deliver up to 51 systems

Also known as the EQ-36, this radar is expected to eventually replace the legacy 24km (13nm) range Northrop Grumman/ThalesRaytheonSystems AN/TPQ-36 and the S-band 50km (27nm)  range ThalesRaytheonSystems AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder systems currently used by the US Army.

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