Ticonderoga Class Aegis Guided-Missile Cruisers – The Ticonderoga class of guided-missile cruisers is a class of warships in the United States Navy, first ordered and authorized in the 1978 fiscal year. The Ticonderoga-class cruiser’s design was based on that of the Spruance-class destroyer.
The SM-3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the earth’s atmosphere and will form part of the US Navy’s Sea-based Midcourse Defense. The missile has new GPS/inertial navigation guidance and kinetic warhead. Raytheon began deliveries of the SM-3 in December 2004. Lockheed Martin has developed the Aegis ballistic missile defence 3.0 capability for the Aegis combat system to engage ballistic missiles with the SM-3 missile.
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