Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has started development of critical electronics systems for the San Antonio–class amphibious assault ship or amphibious transport/dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26), following a December award for the work, valued at $60.3 million.
The Murtha is the tenth of a planned class of 11 San Antonios designed to support Marine Corps expeditionary operations. The San Antonio (LPD-17) and the next three of the class already are in Fleet service. Three of the ships, the New York, Arlington, and Somerset (LPDs-21, -24, and -25), are named to commemorate the sites of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Huntington Ingalls Industries is building the class at its Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard.
Raytheon will provide a shipwide area network (SWAN), a navigation-data distribution system, an integrated voice network, a magnetic-signature control system (also known as an advanced degaussing system), and SPS-73 air-search radar.