Raytheon Company has achieved a milestone with the early delivery of critical vendor furnished information to Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Navy's Zumwalt Class next generation destroyer (DDG 1000).
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
(IDS), the U.S. Navy, and
shipbuilders Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics worked together to
create a concurrent development plan that will align the delivery of
engineering components with the phased construction of the ship.
Recognizing the dependencies of system and design interfaces, Raytheon's
Zumwalt team modified its engineering development processes and disciplines
to enable the incremental exchange of information with the shipbuilder.
. A team of specialists from Raytheon, Northrop
Grumman and Bath Iron Works worked together, using Raytheon Six Sigma tools and techniques, to develop a solution that translates design data into a format compatible with the shipyards. The group leveraged an existing software tool used in commercial manufacturing to directly translate Raytheon-provided mission systems equipment data into the
shipbuilders' computer aided design format.
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 with the Navy and a team of industry leaders, IDS is
leading the effort to transform the Navy's ship requirements to reality.