MOORESTOWN, N.J., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has given Lockheed Martin the green light to install Aegis in the cruiser Bunker Hill.
"The U.S. Navy has given its final approval for Lockheed Martin to proceed with the integration and shipboard installation of the world's first, fully open architecture Aegis weapon system for a major surface warship. Aegis Open Architecture will be installed in the cruiser USS Bunker Hill -- CG 52 -- during its Depot Modernization Period -- DMP, scheduled to commence in February 2008," the company said in a statement Monday.
"Aegis Open Architecture will allow the Navy to stay on technology's leading edge through its innovative use of commonly available commercial off-the-shelf computing hardware and open system software, enabling the service to more easily implement technology refreshes and capability upgrades to the weapon system as they are developed in the future," Lockheed Martin said.
"Bunker Hill is the first of 22 cruisers scheduled for modernization with Aegis Open Architecture over the next 10 years. In 2012, the Navy will begin a similar modernization program for the 62-ship class of Aegis-equipped Arleigh Burke destroyers," the company said.
"The road to Aegis Open Architecture included extensive systems engineering to reconfigure Aegis with commercial off-the-shelf computing hardware and open system software. The end result is a weapon system that can absorb frequent technology refreshes and can readily accept upgrades in capabilities," the company said.
"Aegis Open Architecture will continue to keep a force of 84 U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers -- and dozens of allied Aegis-equipped ships -- relevant and at the forefront of technology for the extent of their ship life," said Orlando Carvalho, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Surface-Sea Based Missile Defense line of business.
Lockheed Martin described the Aegis Weapon System as "the world's premier naval surface defense system. It seamlessly integrates the SPY-1 radar, the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, SM-2 and SM-3 missiles and the weapon system's command and control system."