Aegis Virtual Twin intercepts first target
The US Navy successfully executed the first live-fire engagement with the new Aegis Virtual Twin system, prototype of the Aegis virtual combat management system, from the USS Thomas Hudner off the coast of Virginia on 25 March.
During the exercise, the system fired an SM-2 missile against an incoming target, to validate its performance for controlling radars and missiles to execute an engagement.
Using virtualisation technology, the system is able to run the Aegis weapon system code in a fraction of the original hardware space. The Virtual Twin was installed on the Thomas Hudner in rugged cases. In future designs, the reduced size will free up ship board space, providing room to field increased capabilities.
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