Why the Aegis cruiser is so important
The Aegis system destroyer, a large aircraft carrier with a wide array of electronic sensors, has been the subject of an annual competition to design a combat aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy.
The competition is sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor that built the carrier.
The winner of the Aegidrome program will receive $1.6 billion in contracts, including $750 million for a new carrier-based aircraft carrier.
But the ship is the subject to some criticism.
A number of critics said the Aegissat project is an expensive, unnecessary and costly duplication of effort.
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