Posted by Courtney Howard
TEWKSBURY, Mass., 24 Nov. 2009. Raytheon Company won a $241.3 million U.S. Navy contract to deliver additional open-architecture software capability for the Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG 1000).
Under the contract, software development will support the integration of human-computer interface components for the ship's engineering machinery controls and damage control systems. Raytheon will deliver computer-graphical user interfaces and a technical data-manager capability to control Zumwalt's ship propulsion, integrated power, auxiliary, and damage control systems. The effort will also include support to land-based and shipboard testing of these subsystems.
"This is the most readily expandable, sophisticated software suite ever designed for a naval surface combatant, allowing the warfighter to address threats faster and more effectively than ever before," says Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' (IDS) Robert Martin, vice president and deputy of Seapower Capability Systems. "The high level of automation and intuitive human-computer interface of the ship's systems will dramatically reduce manning, resulting in significant cost savings for the Navy."
The advanced technologies developed for the destroyer can be reused on future and modernized platforms, says a representative.
Progress on the Zumwalt program continues on cost and on schedule with all 10 critical Zumwalt technologies rigorously tested ashore and/or at sea before transitioning to full production. The program remains on track to meet all future milestones and scheduled deliveries--a significant achievement for a program of its size and complexity, adds the representative.
Work on this contract modification will be performed at Raytheon IDS Headquarters, Tewksbury, Mass., and at the Seapower Capability Center, Portsmouth, R.I.
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