The recent collisions that damaged two guided-missile destroyers will likely affect US Navy (USN) efforts to modernise and deploy the surface combatants with upgraded Aegis combat systems for ballistic missile defence (BMD), according to James Sheridan, Aegis director for Lockheed Martin.
The temporary “losses” of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS John S McCain (DDG 56) will “throw off” the Aegis modernisation plan, Sheridan told Jane’s , especially given the existing difficulty in meeting funding and programme execution plans for such BMD upgrades.
There is no doubt about the need for more “BMD shooters” in the destroyer fleet, especially in the Western Pacific, Sheridan said “The OPTEMO [operational tempo] is crazy there,” he said.
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