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    U.S. 2nd Fleet Ships Complete Successful Ballistic Missile Defense Tracking Exercise

    UNITED STATES - 25 JANUARY 2011

    NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Three Commander, U.S. Second Fleet ships successfully completed a tracking exercise Jan. 22, off the coast of Virginia using the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system during Atlantic Trident 2011.

    USS Monterey (CG 61), USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) all successfully tracked the short-range ballistic missile target that was launched from NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. The target missile fell harmlessly into the Atlantic Ocean.

    Monterey, an Aegis cruiser, and Ramage, an Aegis destroyer, took turns tracking and simulating engagement of the target while Gonzalez, a guided-missile destroyer, participated by tracking the target.

    All three ships were able to successfully track the target, with Monterey and Ramage providing simulated target solutions that would have resulted in a successful intercept. No missiles were fired from the ships as it was a tracking exercise.

    Ballistic missile defense is a Navy core mission. The Missile Defense Agency and the Navy have modified 21 Aegis BMD combatants (5 cruisers and 16 destroyers). Of the 21 ships, 16 are assigned to the Pacific Fleet and five to the Atlantic Fleet. The Secretary of Defense announced in 2010 that six more destroyers would be upgraded to the Aegis BMD capability.

    Atlantic Trident 2011 is the first live Fleet Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) exercise to take place in the Atlantic.



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    Kratos Supports Critical Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Test -- Atlantic Trident 2011

    UNITED STATES - 25 JANUARY 2011


    Kratos Provided BMD Targets, Rocket Launch Services and Engineering Services Under a Previously Awarded $100 Million Contract Vehicle.

    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 25, 2011 -- Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS - News), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that the company's Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) targets were used as part of the first live sea-based Aegis BMD test held on the East Coast. The test, held Saturday January 22nd, was part of Atlantic Trident 2011. Kratos provided rocket launch and engineering services and BMD targets under a previously awarded $100 million contract vehicle related to advanced rocket, propulsion, BMD and other National Defense programs.

    During the test three Navy ships, the USS Monterey (CG 61), USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) all successfully tracked a short-range ballistic missile target that was launched from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The target is part of the Aegis Readiness Assessment Vehicle (ARAV) family of targets specifically used to test the Aegis BMD system. Kratos' Rocket Support Services (RSS) Business Unit also provides the threat-simulating target nose tips for the ARAV-A, ARAV-B (used in this test) and ARAV-C target configurations, the Oriole rocket system which is part of the ARAV-B target, and electronic and aerodynamic hardware used on the ARAV-C booster.

    In November 2010, Kratos and the entire ARAV Team was selected by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to receive the 2010 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award for the design, development, integration and launch of a family of cost-effective, flexible and reliable ballistic missile targets that replicate a wide range of ballistic missile threats. In addition to Kratos, the MDA ARAV Team is comprised of personnel from MDA Target and Countermeasures, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office, Naval Surface Warfare Center's Port Hueneme Division White Sands Detachment, Dahlgren Division and Indian Head Division, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, New Mexico State University Physical Sciences Laboratory, Invocon, Inc. SecoTec, NewTech, Inc., ITT, and Northrop Grumman Corporation.

    Aegis BMD is the sea-based mid-course component of the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and is designed to intercept and destroy short to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. The Missile Defense Agency and the Navy have modified 21 Aegis BMD combatants (five cruisers and 16 destroyers). Of the 21 ships, 16 are assigned to the Pacific Fleet and five to the Atlantic Fleet. The Navy is anticipating increased demand in the future for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense assets and expects to fund installations for nearly 60 cruisers and destroyers over the next 13 years, with all new DDG-51s getting the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.

    "We are especially pleased with this particular successful launch as it represents one of the first opportunities to support testing of the Aegis BMD system in a real-world operational environment," said George Baker, VP of Kratos' Rocket Support Services. Dave Carter, President of the Kratos' Defense Engineering Solutions Division noted, "The Kratos RSS team is proud to be a supplier of low-cost, effective targets for the Navy and MDA in support of Aegis. We are currently pursuing some exciting initiatives to provide targets which will provide similar performance and significant cost savings to other BMD Programs."



    Source: Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.
     
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    Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Completes Tracking Exercise

    UNITED STATES - 28 January 2011

    The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] completed a key tracking exercise for the Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) system aboard three Navy ships.

    In the test, known as Atlantic Trident, the USS Monterey (CG 61), USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) successfully tracked a short-range ballistic missile target. The Monterey and Ramage also simulated target solutions that would have resulted in successful intercepts.

    “This event verified that both the Aegis BMD systems and crews aboard the ships are able to execute the missions necessary to support the nation’s missile defense strategy,” said Lisa Callahan, vice president of maritime BMD systems. “Aegis BMD is effective, affordable and interoperable with other systems and produces a layered air and missile defense capability to protect the U.S. homeland, our deployed forces and our allies.”

    This was the first Aegis test to take place on the East coast. Before this event, all tests occurred at test ranges in the Pacific Ocean. The exercise took place off of Wallops Island, Va., at the Wallops Flight Facility, a rocket launch site that supports science and exploration missions for NASA and other U.S. government agencies.

    A total of 25 ships – 21 U.S. Navy Aegis-equipped ships and four Japanese Aegis-equipped destroyers – are currently outfitted with the Aegis BMD capability. An additional three ships are planned to become BMD-capable this year.


    In 2010, the first step of the Phased Adaptive Approach deployment process was completed when the Aegis BMD 3.6.1 system was installed and certified aboard the USS Monterey. The third and final deployment step is scheduled for April of this year, when the ability to engage longer range ballistic missile threats using remote sensor information to initiate the engagement will be tested in the Pacific.

    Source: Lockheed Martin


    General characteristics USS Monterey (CG 61):

    Class and type: Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser

    Displacement: approx. 9,600 long tons (9,750 t) full load

    Length: 567 feet (173 m)

    Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)

    Draught: 34 feet (10.2 meters)

    Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbine Engines, 80,000 shaft horsepower (60,000 kW)
    2 × Controllable-Reversible Pitch Propellers
    2 × Rudders

    Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h)

    Complement: 33 Officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers, approx. 340 enlisted

    Sensors and processing systems:
    AN/SPY-1A/B multi-function radar
    AN/SPS-49 air search radar
    AN/SPG-62 fire control radar
    AN/SPS-73 surface search radar
    AN/SPQ-9 gun fire control radar
    AN/SQQ-89(V)3 Sonar suite, consisting of
    AN/SQS-53B/C/D Active sonar
    AN/SQR-19 TACTAS Passive sonar
    AN/SQQ-28 Light airborne multi-purpose system
    AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite

    Armament: 2 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems:
    122 × Mix of RIM-66M-5, Standard SM-2MR Block IIIB, RIM-156 SM-2ER Block IV, RIM-162A ESSM, RIM-174A Standard ERAM, BGM-109 Tomahawk, or RUM-139 VL-Asroc

    8 × RGM-84 Harpoon missiles

    2 × Mk 45 Mod 2 5 in / 54 cal lightweight gun
    2 × 25 mm Mk 38 gun
    2–4 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun
    2 × Phalanx CIWS Block 1B
    2 × Mk 32 12.75 in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes

    Aircraft carried: 2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.



    File Photo: USS Monterey (CG 61):
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