The U.S. Navy demonstrated the use of a prototype virtualization-driven missile defense system during an exercise off Virginia's coast. Guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner used the Aegis Virtual Twin system to destroy an incoming target, verifying the missile defense platform's capacity to operate with radars and missiles, Naval Sea Systems Command said Tuesday.
The Virtual Twin serves as a prototype of the future Aegis Virtual Combat Management System. The Navy's Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems equipped USS Thomas Hudner with a small-sized version of the virtual twin. Future versions of the system would be small enough to allot space for more technologies aboard the ship.
"Delivering warfighting power to the hands of our sailors is our mission, and breaking the paradigm of hardware-software dependent deliveries is a major step toward rapidly delivering that warfighting power," said Capt. Todd Boehm, major program manager for the Aegis combat system.