TEWKSBURY, Mass. , July 10, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has achieved another significant program milestone for the Zumwalt-class destroyer.
The company successfully completed the U.S. Navy software certification panel for the Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) Release 4, verifying readiness to proceed to the next phase of software development.
The software certification panel was composed of a diverse set of Navy "Technical Warrant Holders" who assessed the team's overall readiness to proceed to software Release 5, using Release 4 as the baseline. The panel members were impressed with the processes in place and commended the Zumwalt team for the breadth of topics and technical details included in the comprehensive review.
This success marks the official completion of Zumwalt TSCE software Release 4, with more than one million equivalent lines of code developed, integrated, tested and delivered on schedule - a substantial accomplishment within the overall program.
"With each achievement, we move closer to delivering Zumwalt's advanced and proven capabilities to our warfighters," said Raytheon Integrated Defense System's (IDS) Bob Martin , vice president and deputy of Seapower Capability Systems. "We attribute this success to our collaborative partnership with the U.S. Navy and industry partners."
The panel chairman, Reuben Pitts , Naval Surface Warfare Center's Warfare Systems department head, remarked that the team's processes are seen as "a model for the Navy," adding: "With no reservations, I declare Release 4 closed and will sign a letter authorizing you to proceed to Release 5. Good on all of you."
Zumwalt's TSCE comprises six releases of software, each adding mission capability and robustness to the ship's computing infrastructure. TSCE's modern, open architecture provides an affordable, cost-efficient platform for the reuse of millions of lines of code from existing Navy programs.
The current increment under development, Release 5, introduces surface warfare, integrated undersea warfare, information operations and general naval operations capabilities to the combat system and also provides the framework to support the ship's engineering control system. In addition, multi-mission engagement support is significantly enhanced with the addition of post-launch missile support for both Evolved SeaSparrow Missile and Standard Missile, as well as the full capabilities of the Close-in-Gun System and Advanced Gun System.
Software is being simultaneously developed by the Zumwalt National Team, geographically dispersed across 25 locations, representing the combined efforts of 80 different companies. Raytheon performs software work for the Zumwalt program at a number of IDS mission centers across the country, including IDS Headquarters, Tewksbury, Mass. ; Seapower Capability Center, Portsmouth, R.I. ; Surveillance and Sensors Center, Sudbury, Mass. ; Expeditionary Warfare Center, San Diego, Calif. ; as well as several other Raytheon facilities.
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 Zumwalt-class destroyer program. Working 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 http://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.