Raytheon Company completed the Delta Interim Detailed Design
Review for the DDG 1000 Integrated Deckhouse and Apertures (IDHA) Element.
The DDG 1000 is the Navy's next generation multi-mission destroyer.
The IDHA Element is responsible for the integration design of apertures
into the DDG 1000 composite
deckhouse. The apertures comprise a system of
antenna arrays for functions such as radars and communications that are to
be mounted flush on the deckhouse. Flush mounting of these advanced arrays
allows the ship to meet the stringent stealth requirements that make it
such an effective multi-mission vessel.
The review, which took place at the Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
(IDS) Sensors and Surveillance Center in Sudbury, Mass., confirmed that all
design and performance requirements were clearly defined and that the
design is sufficient to meet those requirements.
The completion of this milestone allows the IDHA Element to
begin the detailed design phase, moving the program closer to production.
Fabrication - and ultimately installation of the apertures - is set to
begin in mid-2008, after the production readiness review in late-2007.