Navy's new radar control computer passes first live test

Lockheed Martin Corp. successfully identified and tracked more than 60 targets last week during the first live radar tracking exercise, using the newest version of the Aegis Weapon Systems' Spy-1 radar that will be integrated into Navy ships, destroyers and cruisers.

The radar control computer program features the Aegis Open Architecture Computing Environment Category 3 infrastructure. The Navy chose OACE Category 3 as an initial step to move the service to an open computing environment.

Following six months of simulated trials, Lockheed tested the Spy-1 radar system on July 14. The program will be completely fielded next year through the Navy's Cruiser Modernization Program.

'It should be clear to everyone that we are not just talking open architecture, but demonstrating it as well,' said Rear Adm. Charles T. Bush, the Navy's program executive officer for Integrated Warfare Systems. 'Our aggressive pursuit of open-architecture components and systems is quickly becoming a reality.'

The Spy-1 radar supports future system interoperability and software reuse across the Navy's next-generation warships, including the Littoral Combat Ship, the DD(X) destroyer and the CG(X) cruiser.

(Lockheed Martin news release)

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