CHELMSFORD, Mass., February 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mercury Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:MRCY) ( www.mrcy.com), a best-of-breed provider of commercially developed, open sensor and Big Data processing systems for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications, congratulates Lockheed Martin on the successful performance of its Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system during the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Flight Test Standard Missile-20 (FTM-20) exercise recently conducted near the Pacific Missile Range Facility, on Kauai, Hawaii. Mercury's Application-ready subsystems (ARS) are integrated as core technologies in the second-generation Aegis BMD system. The test, which used satellite-based information for the first time, successfully resulted in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA guided missile. After receiving information from space tracking and surveillance systems satellites integrated through Lockheed Martin's Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC), the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) launched the SM-3 missile before its SPY-1 radar detected the target. The ship's Aegis system, also developed by Lockheed Martin, guided the missile using information from the satellites until the target was detected and tracked by the SPY-1 radar. "This test marks the 9th time in three years that the USS Lake Erie and her crew have successfully performed at-sea operations against cruise and ballistic missile targets using the second-generation Aegis BMD system powered by Mercury's high-performance signal processing technology," said Didier Thibaud, President of Mercury's Commercial Electronics business unit. "We are proud to have delivered technology that contributed to what has been described as one of the sea-based Aegis BMD system's most 'significant milestones' and extend our congratulations to Lockheed Martin and all those involved in the program." Aegis BMD's recently upgraded signal processor, designed and developed by Mercury, enables the Navy to defeat more sophisticated ballistic missile threats using improved target identification capabilities. It includes an open architecture BMD computing suite that improves overall system capabilities and enables future insertion of more off-the-shelf products, third-party components and turn-key solutions.