Not cherry picking. Aegis Family ....right?
So the evolution in hard technology, advancement in processing speed and software development which gave our foes cheap offensive weapons in the multitudes very quickly helps us to create compatible combat systems and advanced radar systems to work in joint on almost any combat hull.
So would you say evolution brought formidable capability at a cheaper price over time ? As opposed to the immediate bang of higher price revolution? Which after creating the revolutionary marvel, we sit back trying to figure out the revolution, while fixing that part of revolution that doesn’t work at all in the hopes it will work as advertised in combat producing the savings promised. All this while keeping your fingers crossed that evolution doesn’t make your revolution obsolete.
You keep those sound bytes coming. Ohh and absolutely fascinating that LCS will be in Aegis family of systems. Useless for it mission and capabilities but........
And if you read more than just that one selected "sound bite," you find all this...
"COMBATSS-21 can run on computer configurations ranging from one commercial processor running a commercial operating system to more distributed configurations, to enable the COMBATSS-21 system adaptable to vessels ranging from patrol craft to large-deck ships, Lockheed Martin officials say."
So, the system can even give an "AEGIS" system to patrol vessels.
Next is this, from the very beginning of the article:
"Lockheed Martin will base its Frigate Combat Management System on the company's COMBATSS-21, which is aboard the Freedom-class littoral combat ships."
So, the system is aboard the Freedom class LCS (and if you bother to look around, they will convert the Austal ships to it as well.) So, LCS has "AEGIS" too. Hmmm indeed...
Last comes the full text of your snippet:
"The Lockheed Martin COMBATSS-21 combat management system borrows technology from Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater program.
This contract calls for Lockheed Martin to modify CMS capabilities under development and integrate increased combat system element capability, resulting in an Aegis weapon system that aligns with FFG(X) class ships, Navy officials say."
So, the technology borrows from the AEGIS system. It is then "in the family" of AEGIS operating systems.
SPY-1 is called the "AEGIS radar" because it was developed jointly with the AEGIS combat system, and they came into service together. SPY-6 is a new radar family: https://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/spy6-radars
It is modular, so it can be packaged to fit different sized ships. The biggest package is the SPY-6(V)1. A smaller packaging is known as EASR. It contains fewer "cells" per array. This package is selected for the frigate. There is also a small rotating version available which will back-fit to older ships.
While SPY-6 is an all new radar, the operating system it will plug into is still AEGIS on the larger ships, but that AEGIS has been given upgrades (known as baselines) over the years. As noted above, the LCS operating system is COMBATSS-21, which was created by Lockheed for their version, and was designed to be compatible with AEGIS. Austal made another operating system for their ships, and in the name of commonality, the Lockheed system has now been chosen for both types, and Lockheed's was selected exactly because it works with AEGIS. It then only makes sense that the new frigate also get an AEGIS compatible system in the name of commonality. COMBATSS-21 was chosen to be that system. Since the frigate will indeed plug into a better radar, the COMBATSS-21 system going onto the frigate will be an enhanced version of it.
COMBATSS-21, and the new upgraded version are both considered part of the AEGIS system family. So, just saying the frigate has AEGIS is an oversimplification. (Cherry picking facts to make some sort of point.) I can equally correctly claim LCS has AEGIS. So there...
Back when AEGIS was considered too expensive for the frigate, it WAS too expensive. Adopting the full AEGIS meant using the SPY-1 radar array. With SPY-6 now being able to produce a smaller, less expensive but still capable radar, enables the frigate program to adopt it, and tie it to the newer AEGIS family COMBATSS-21 system.
I agree this is certainly a good thing!
Hmm the second to last paragraph “resulting in an Aegis weapon system that aligns with FFG(X).....”
Ok fleet surface combatant and if 20 make the slipways possibly more to follow. And they said never Aegis on a frigate too expensive. If all true it is a mighty leap for small surface combatants. We will see.