DD(X) Program Is Back on Track

Wednesday, September 18, 2002
With resolution of the DD(X) bid protest, Northrop Grumman is on track to complete the DD(X) system design and associated engineering development models (EDM) by 2005. The scope and complexity of the design work, which includes development and integration of new hull and ship systems as well as advanced combat systems, is unprecedented for a U.S. Navy surface combatant. Northrop Grumman is responsible for the total ship system design, as well as development and testing of 11 EDMs. While the DD(X) system design work is proceeding, the EDMs will be built and tested in parallel for key systems such as the integrated power system (IPS), the advanced gun system (AGS) and an integrated radar suite. Land-based and selected at-sea testing of the EDMs will be performed with the results engineered into the total ship system design. A second shipbuilder, Bath Iron Works, will perform DD(X) design and test activities as a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, thus ensuring that both shipbuilders can compete on an equal basis for the next contractual phase. Other critical systems undergoing development and testing include the following: - Integrated deckhouse and apertures (to be enclosed in a composite superstructure); - A peripheral vertical launch system (to be located on the perimeter of the ship’s hull for better ship survivability); - An integrated undersea warfare system that integrates both an advanced towed array and high-frequency active sonar for antisubmarine and mine warfare missions; - The total ship computing environment. Several units within NAVSEA will support the DD(X) design agent. NAVSEA’s Naval Surface Warfare and Naval Undersea Warfare Centers, along with selected university laboratories, are providing key support to Northrop Grumman for system design and EDM work. For example, DD(X) hull-form development and testing will be performed at NAVSEA’s Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock facility. Land-based testing of the IPS and radar suite is taking place at NAVSEA’s Philadelphia and Wallops Island, Md., facilities. The transition to this transformational surface warship will be made by means of spiral development. Instead of trying to achieve all the DD(X) operational requirements with the lead ship, this evolutionary process allows for requirements to be met in incremental stages with lower technical risk. Source: Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs
Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ship Repair & Conversion

Refurbished Seajacks Vessels Leave Shipdock Amsterdam

Seajacks Leviathan and Seajacks Kraken are prepared for their coming assignments, following a series of repair and renewal jobs by Shipdock Amsterdam. The shipyard,

BAE Systems Awarded Two Navy Contract Modifications

The US Department of Defense informs it has awarded separate contracts to BAE Systems in Jacksonville and in Norfolk for ship repairs and modifications as follows: 1.

Joint Project Studies Condition-based Engine Monitoring

Classification society ClassNK announced that it will participate in a joint project together with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and MES Technoservice Co.

Navy

Admiral on U.S. Navy & Asia Pacific Re-balancing Act

The commander of U.S. Pacific Command has briefed Pentagon reporters, discussing the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, successful engagement with partners

Hellfire Missile Firing a First for New Navy Helicopters

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, has successfully fired its first ‘Hellfire’ missile in the United States.

BAE Systems Awarded Two Navy Contract Modifications

The US Department of Defense informs it has awarded separate contracts to BAE Systems in Jacksonville and in Norfolk for ship repairs and modifications as follows: 1.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1354 sec (7 req/sec)