Raytheon Company, a global provider of the state-of-the-art electronics and a wide range of mission support services, has recently launched a Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE), with an open structural design for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer.
This system went through a major Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) performed by the US Navy and was later announced that TSCE has been put on Technology Readiness Level 6. The TRA panel informed that this automated system provides an uninterrupted support environment with minimal software errors.
Bill Marcley, Vice President of Total Ship Mission Systems, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, has stated that TSCE is one of the most difficult projects ever faced by their company since it includes more than six million lines of programming codes. He added that with each popular software inclusion, they had reduced the risk and increased the consistency of TSCE.
The profound ability of TSCE and Raytheon’s innovative method of incorporation and analysis were appreciated by the TRA panel members. Right from the beginning of the project, the company had been working together with the Navy to create a well developed testing platform in order to avoid any possible menace while incorporating the TSCE software into the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer’s hardware.
TSCE offers an integrated computing platform featuring machinery control system, damage control system. It also includes a combat management system that features command, computers, control, communication and intelligence elements. Also the scalable platform of TSCE enables a cost-effective provision of performing a new task. It also provides an unmatched level of flexibility and automation, thereby helping to enhance the open architecture missions of the Navy. Considerable reduction in manpower for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer can be achieved by incorporating the TSCE into the sailor-based, human-computer platform.