Raytheon and Navy engineers at the Surface Combat Systems Center, Wallops Island, Virginia, will hold a preliminary design review this month on modifications to the Dual-Band Radar (DBR) that are required to integrate the system on board the carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). Delivery to the Ford, now in advanced construction at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding, is scheduled for 2013.
The Ford, lead ship of a new three-carrier class, is set for delivery in 2015. The second ship, CVN-79, is scheduled to start construction in 2012, and CVN-80 several years thereafter, aimed at delivery in 2023.
Also in 2013, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, prime contractor for the DBR, will deliver a second system to the Navy for integration on board the Zumwalt (DDG-1000), the first of a three-ship class of land-attack destroyers to be built jointly by Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. A third system is set for delivery for the DDG-1001 in 2014.