Program Total Value (in millions) AIEWS $199 SHARP $134 Mk 92 Fire-Control System $50 IR Maverick $2 Surface/Air-Launched Harpoon $125 SLAM $7 JSOW B $270 ALAM $36 ICWS $50 RMS $390
The AIEWS had been slated for installation aboard over 140 Navy vessels, including Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, Ticonderoga-class cruisers, Enterprise-class aircraft carriers, San Antonio- and Wasp-class amphibious ships and the developmental DDX destroyer.
Another interesting element of AIEWS Increment 2 is a capability for countering missiles with IR and electro-optical (EO) seekers.
According to Denny Adams, SHIELDS program manager, the first three years of the program are primarily the risk-reduction effort, to develop long-lead technology required for AIEWS Increment 2, including the mid-wave lasers, but also new sensor technology, the laser rangefinder, and some processing capabilities.
The benefit to training on the system itself is apparent: It gives the operator "a real sense of what the system is and how it works," said Pete Costello, Lockheed Martin's AIEWS program manager.
The AIEWS has two modes of training that an operator may select: additive or substitutive.
The AIEWS will replace the AN/SLO-32( V), the AN/WLR- I H(V) and the AN/SSO-82(V) aboard a variety of US Navy ships, and the DD-2 I land-attack destroyer is also slated to receive the systmes (see "DD-21 Blue and Gold Teams Sprint for the Green.
A factory-level system test of the AIEWS will be conducted after the first of next year, followed later in the spring by operational assessment at the US Navy's Wallops Island test facility.
Under government contract to the Navy's Theater Air Defense Program Office, DSR is supporting open-system-architecture design and prototyping activities for AIEWS risk reduction.