The Office of Naval Research. Naval Research Laboratory, the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems, and Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems sector will hold a critical design review in May for an advanced development model of a multi-function electronic warfare system, or MFEW. that the Navy plans to field on board the DD(X) next-generation destroyers.
Following the review. Northrop Grumman, which in September 2005 won an Office of Naval Research contract to build the advanced development model, will start work on the unit. It is scheduled for delivery to the Naval Research Laboratory's Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, facility in April 2007 for testing aimed at the start of system-design development in 2008.