Lockheed Martin's MS2 business unit is working on a contract awarded in December for continuing design, testing, and integration of the Aegis combat system computer program, called Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 08. This will be followed by delivery to the Ticonderoga-class cruiser Bunker Hill (CG-52), the first ship in a modernization program that eventually will upgrade all 22 Ticos. The Bunker Hill combat system went through successful energizing and testing last August.
The modernization initially will involve the seven cruisers (CG-52 through CG-58) fitted with the SPY-1A phased-array radar, first introduced in 1983. The cruisers' performance will be enhanced significantly by the insertion of the ACB08 software program (the number represents the delivery year) and a new computer infrastructure, including Navy-standard UYQ-70 display consoles powered by IBM Blade Server processors.