US to expand Aegis Guam performance against missile attacks

WASHINGTON — Guam is a strategic position for the US to monitor Chinese activities in the region. The island is home to two US military bases. One military base houses conventional and nuclear submarines, as well as U.S. warships. Pacific Flee The other base, Anderson, houses B-1, B-2, or B-52 heavy bombers.

US to expand Aegis Guam performance against missile attacks
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It is a challenge for the Pentagon to provide a quality defense to Guam. THAAD systems are located on the island. They are on the operational alert to counter a ballistic missile attack. However, THAAD cannot counter small combat aircraft, drones, and low-flying cruise missiles.

Similar enemy objects are intercepted and destroyed with air defense systems of the Patriot type, or the Israeli Iron Dome. Stinger missile and laser Short-range Air Defense [SHORAD] systems are also deployed on the island.

Perhaps, for this reason, Washington decided to invest over half a billion US dollars to increase the effectiveness of Aegis Guam. The contract was awarded on December 28, and there are two main contractors under it – Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey.

For several years, the two companies will work to improve the performance of Aegis Guam in Moorestown, New Jersey. The deadline is December 31, 2027. With the new order, the Pentagon significantly increases funds for Aegis Guam, increasing to $1.2 billion.

The Aegis Combat System is an American-integrated naval weapons system. The Aegis Combat System [ACS] is an advanced command and control [command and decision, or C&D, in Aegis parlance] system that uses powerful computers and radars to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets.

Aegis provides 360-degree radar coverage against missile attacks thanks to its main AN/SPY-1 radar. This radar was developed by Lockheed Martin. It is a 3D radar with a passive electronically scanned system. The radar is fully computer controlled.

BulgarianMilitary.com reported on November 4, the US has deployed attack aircraft at Guam. The A-10C Thunderbolt IIs were sent on a “routine dynamic recruitment operation” to the Pacific island. The deployed A-10s are from the US Air Force’s 23rd Airlift Wing, in Georgia. However, the Pentagon does not announce the number of deployed A-10s in the region.

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