Factory acceptance testing is set to start in May on an advanced development model of a multi-function electronic warfare (MFEW) system planned for the Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) land-attack destroyer. Following completion of the tests at a Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Sector facility, the company will deliver the model to the Naval Research Laboratory's Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, facility for testing this summer. The laboratory is acting as the technical design agent for the multi-function system.
The NRL testing will be at a site built for the advanced multi-function radio frequency concept (AMRF-C) system developed by the Office of Naval Research. Following the Chesapeake tests, the model then will transition to the DDG-1000 program office for the start of a system design and development phase planned for completion in 2011, when the first destroyer is scheduled for delivery.
The system will provide the DDG-1000 with an electronic support capability, which encompasses use of radio frequency (RF) signals to locate, identify, and intercept potential targets. It will not provide active electronic attack, which employs RF emissions to jam hostile signals.