The U.S. Navy awarded
Lockheed Martin a $20.8 million contract to deliver the first
Aegis Combat System upgrade ship-set for a cruiser modernization program. The
upgrade will extend the life, enhance the capability and improve the
operational cost efficiency of up to 22 existing Aegis-equipped cruisers.
The first cruiser modernization combat system upgrade ship-set will be
installed aboard by USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). In addition, the contract
includes the delivery of equipment to support land-based testing and training
at Wallops Island and Dahlgren, VA.
"The cruiser modernization program is critical to the sustainment of U.S.
Navy force structure and the accomplishment of current and future missions of
the Department of Defense
," said Capt. David Gale from the Navy's Program
Executive Office for Ships. "The USS Ticonderoga-class cruisers were built in
the 1980s and early 1990s. This program will recapitalize initial investment
in these ships by modernizing the combat system through computing and display
infrastructure upgrades, as well as the hull, mechanical and electrical
The combat system computing and display infrastructure modernization will
incorporate commercial off-the-shelf equipment and open systems architecture.
In addition, the Aegis development supporting the cruiser modernization
program is being directly leveraged and reused in combat system development
associated with the Littoral Combat Ship, DD(X) and the Coast Guard's
Deepwater programs. Through this cross-program collaboration, Lockheed Martin
is supporting the U.S. Navy in realizing its vision to maximize the
commonality and interoperability of combat systems across Navy and Coast Guard
The Aegis Weapon
System is the world's premier naval surface defense
system and is the foundation for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, the primary
component of the sea-based element of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense
System. The Aegis Weapon System includes the SPY-1 radar, the Navy's most
advanced computer-controlled radar system. When paired with the MK 41 Vertical
Launching System, it is capable of delivering missiles for every mission and
threat environment in naval warfare.