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
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.
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 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, whether they be accomplished through new development or
through the integration of separately developed third party products.
The Aegis Weapon System is 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.
The Aegis Weapon System is currently deployed on 85 ships around the
globe with more than 20 additional ships planned or under contract. In
addition to the U.S., Aegis is the maritime weapon system of choice for
Australia, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Spain.