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Raytheon awarded contract for computer systems on Zumwalt-class destroyers

By James LaPorta
Raytheon awarded contract for computer systems on Zumwalt-class destroyers
The U.S. Navy's newest warship, the USS Zumwalt, is the largest and most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Department of Defense officials announced Wednesday that Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems has been awarded a modified $29 million contract for mission systems equipment for the Navy's Zumwalt-class destroyer, the largest and most technologically advanced guided missile surface combatant ship in the world.

Raytheon has been contracted to deliver total ship computing environment hardware, and software research, test and development for the Zumwalt class of destroyers.

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Work by Raytheon will be performed across the country, with 46 percent place in Portsmouth, R.I., and the work is expected to be completed by September 2018.

The contract will be paid from fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $12.4 million, and fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funding in the amount of $775,000 will be obligated at time of award. The funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Construction on the DDG 1000 class destroyers commenced in February 2009.

The DDG 1001 was named after U.S. Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Monsoor, who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom after he jumped on a grenade and absorbed the blast, which saved the lives of two other SEALs on a rooftop in ar-Ramadi, Iraq. In April 2012, DDG 1002 was named Lyndon B. Johnson by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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