TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 1, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has achieved a significant milestone in advancing the final development of the company's Dual Band Radar (DBR) for the U.S. Navy's Zumwalt Class destroyer.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) led the government-industry team in the successful installation of the Lockheed Martin Volume Search Radar (VSR) array at the Surface Warfare Engineering Facility at the Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.
After extensive testing, Raytheon will integrate the VSR with the SPY-3 X- band Multi-Function Radar to form the advanced, highly capable DBR. The DBR is the U.S. Navy's most capable radar solution.
The DBR for Zumwalt is two active, phased-array, multi-function radar subsystems that integrate X-band and S-band radar capabilities in a single configuration. It simultaneously supports self-defense/anti-air warfare, situational awareness, land attack, naval gunfire support, surface search, navigation and air traffic control. The DBR's innovative software design allows automatic operation with minimal human intervention.
"The Dual Band Radar provides surveillance, target tracking and engagement support capabilities that are far superior to those of conventional single- band radars across all spectra of warfighting," said Ed Geisler , Raytheon's vice president of the Zumwalt program. "Moving forward with this milestone brings us closer to delivering this needed technology to the ship."
Five months of extensive testing is set to begin, representing a critical step in testing the maturity of the S-band VSR technology prior to advancing to full system production. Raytheon's X-band, SPY-3 completed extensive land- based and at-sea tests with outstanding results over the last two years.
Under the Navy's 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 Zumwalt-class destroyer program. Working together with the Navy and a team of industry leaders, IDS is leading the effort to transform the Navy's ship requirements to reality. For more information, visit www.raytheon.com/products/ddg_1000.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Joint Battlespace Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
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