The US Navy (USN) will grow its fleet of warships equipped with ballistic missile defence (BMD) Aegis combat systems by about 50% by fiscal year (FY) 2023, according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report released on 1 May.
There are 38 BMD-capable ships in the FY 2018 fleet. Under the FY 2019 budget submission, that number is scheduled to be 41 at the end of FY 2019 and 57 at the end of FY 2023, noted the CRS report on the Aegis BMD programme.
According to the report, 31 of the 57 FY 2023 guided-missile destroyers and cruisers will be equipped with the latest Aegis BL 9.C2 version.
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