December 20, 2011

Contract Award: Raytheon to complete system integration for DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyer


News Report

As announced in a recent press release, Raytheon has been awarded a $254 million contract modification for the completion of software development for the DDG 1000-class destroyer program.

Under the contract, Raytheon will perform development engineering activities for Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure integration, ship control systems, as well as associated Mission Systems Equipment software development and integration. The contract modification includes development, test and delivery of DDG 1000 Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) software for Self Defense Test Ship, 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.

The Technology

Raytheon's TSCE encompasses all shipboard computing applications, including the combat management system; command, control, communications, computers and intelligence elements; ship machinery control systems; damage control; embedded training; and support systems. The system leverages a modern open system architecture that provides a scalable platform for cost-efficient delivery of new mission capability.

The TSCE is the first large-scale implementation of the U.S. Navy’s Open Architecture strategy. Designed to bind all Zumwalt systems together, the TSCE creates a shipboard enterprise network allowing seamless integration of all on-board systems. It also gives the Navy increased ability to use standardized software and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware on a fleet-wide basis.

Zumwalt's TSCE provides a scalable platform for cost-efficient delivery of new mission capability while capitalizing on the reuse of millions of lines of code from existing U.S. Navy programs. The system delivers an unprecedented level of Mission Systems Integration and automation.

The Context

SC-21 (Surface Combatant for the 21st century) was a program started in 1994 to design land attack ships for the United States Navy. A wide variety of designs were examined, including an arsenal ship with 500 cruise missiles, but eventually a "tumblehome" design of around 16,000 tons with two long-range guns and 128 missile tubes was selected as the DD-21, the Destroyer for the 21st century.

In November 2001, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the DD 21 programme had been revised and would now be known as DD(X). The programme focus would now be on a family of advanced technology surface combatants, rather than a single ship class. A revised request for proposals was issued and in April 2002, Northrop Grumman was selected as the lead design agent for DD(X). Northrop Grumman led the 'gold team', which included Raytheon as the systems integrator.

In November 2005, DD(X) was approved for system development and demonstration. In April 2006, the U.S. Navy announced that the first ship of the class was designated DDG 1000 Zumwalt.

References: Raytheon (1,3), Naval Technology (2), DefenceProcurementNews (3)

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