Raytheon Signs Contract for USS Zumwalt Total Ship Computing Environment Software

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, has won a $254,000,000 contract for development, test, and delivery of DDG 1000 total ship computing environment software for the Self Defense Test Ship.

Contract includes: post-delivery availability, post-shakedown availability, SPY-3 volume search software and firmware development, as well as software maintenance in support of the Zumwalt-class destroyer program.

Developed under the DD(X) destroyer program, Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is the lead ship of a class of next-generation destroyers.

The multi-mission DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.

The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr.

DDG 1000 provides a broad range of capabilities that are vital both to fighting and winning major combatant operations. The ship’s multi-mission warfighting capabilities are designed to counter not only the threats of today, but threats projected over the coming decades.

This warship integrates numerous critical technologies, systems and principles into a complete warfighting system. These include employment of optimal manning through human systems integration, improved quality of life, low operations and support costs, multi-spectral signature reduction, balanced warfighting design, survivability, and adaptability.

Each ship features a battery of two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS) firing Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP) that reach up to 63 nautical miles, providing a 3-fold improvement in naval surface fires coverage. DDG 1000 will employ active and passive sensors and a Dual-Band Radar (DBR) suite capable of conducting area air surveillance, including over-land, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface. DDG 1000 will have a significantly reduced cross section reduction as compared to current destroyers and a much greater operating area in shallow water regions against mines. Zumwalt features increased stealth through a composite superstructure, integrated multi-function mast, and reduced acoustic signature.

Following a successful Total Ship System Production Readiness Review, construction began on the first ship of the DDG 1000 class in February 2009, and PEO Ships and its industry partners have worked diligently to mature the ship’s design and ready their industrial facilities to build this advanced surface combatant on cost and on schedule.

The DDG 1000 design was more mature at start of fabrication than any lead surface combatant to date, and all 13 Engineering Development Models (EDMs) have entered production, including 155mm Advanced Gun System and its Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP); the Mark 57 Advanced Vertical Launch System; composite deckhouse; the infrared suppression engine exhaust and heat suppression system; and components of the Integrated Power System. The Navy currently plans to build three DDG 1000-class destroyers.

Work will be performed in Tewksbury, Mass. (40.0 percent); Portsmouth, R.I. (24.8 percent); Marlborough, Mass. (12.7 percent); Fort Wayne, Ind. (10.3 percent); Sudbury, Mass. (5.8 percent); Dahlgren, Va. (2.7 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (2.3 percent); and San Diego, Calif. (1.4 percent).

Work is expected to be completed by January 2016.  Contract funds in the amount of $11,000,000 will be provided upon contract award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.

Naval Today Staff , December 19, 2011

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