The U.S. Navy expects by March to award a contract for work as systems integrator for Advanced Capability Build 2016 (ACB-16), the combat system planned for fielding in 2016 for Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Lockheed Martin MS2 is the longtime systems integrator for the Aegis combat system for the Burkes and Ticonderoga-class cruisers.
The combat-system baselines for the Burkes and Ticos (CGs-52 through -73) define the range of the ships’ weapon and sensor capabilities. The Navy has been pursuing critical upgrades to the baselines for both the CGs and DDGs as elements of comprehensive modernization programs for both classes.
Jim Sheridan, director of U.S. Navy Aegis programs at Lockheed Martin MS2, said the company has completed installations of baseline 8—formerly called ACB-08, designating the year of first fielding—for the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) through Philippine Sea (CG-58).