USA: Raytheon Delivers Critical Mission Systems for Zumwalt Class Destroyer Ahead of Schedule


Raytheon Company has delivered critical mission systems early for the U.S. Navy’s DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer. The ship’s first Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) data center and AN/SQS-60 mid-frequency sonar array were delivered two and eight months ahead of schedule, respectively.

“The early delivery of these ship systems continues our history of stellar performance on this complex program as we effectively manage the transition from development to production while remaining on cost and on schedule,” said Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems’ (IDS) Kevin Peppe, vice president of Seapower Capability Systems.

“We are committed to the ongoing development and delivery of these highly capable and effective mission systems that will, without a doubt, make DDG 1000 the most advanced surface combatant in the world,” he said.

The TSCE data center comprises two ruggedized Electronic Modular Enclosures that house and protect the open architecture computing environment for DDG 1000’s combat and ship control systems. When integrated onboard the ship, the TSCE data center will provide DDG 1000 with more data processing and storage capacity than existing U.S. Navy destroyers. TSCE will manage the ship’s advanced systems, including the AN/SQS-60 mid-frequency sonar array.

AN/SQS-60 is part of DDG 1000’s AN/SQQ-90 advanced undersea warfare combat system and is scheduled to be installed on the Zumwalt in August 2011. The SQQ-90 tactical sonar suite represents a major advancement in undersea warfare capability and will provide broad warfighting coverage for the DDG 1000 class. Raytheon IDS is the SQQ-90 systems integrator, bringing together the full functionality of the suite’s sonar elements. The SQQ-90 comprises the AN/SQS-60 hull-mounted mid-frequency sonar; the AN/SQS-61 hull-mounted high-frequency sonar; and the AN/SQR-20 multifunction towed-array sonar and handling system.

Under the Navy’s DDG 1000 Detail Design and Integration contract awarded in 2005, Raytheon IDS serves as the prime mission systems equipment integrator for all electronic and combat systems for the DDG 1000 program. Working with the Navy and a team of industry leaders, Raytheon is leading the effort to transform the Navy’s ship requirements to reality. Work on the DDG 1000 program is performed by more than 800 Raytheon employees as well as by approximately 1,800 subcontractors and supplier partners in 43 states across the country.

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.

Source: Raytheon, April 13, 2011.


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