Sunday, August 10, 2014

Off The Sea Wall With A Ship Update

I am still following the Zumwalt DDG1000. It reflects back my on boyhood dreams seeing my first ship at a pier in California, where I used to swim at the beach. Below as per usual, is the link to its progress report for the Zumwalt class Destroyer

Raytheon Meets Key Milestones in DDG 1000 Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Program

"Recent milestones include:

  • Successful Test Readiness Review of Total Ship Computing Environment software, release 7. The 550,000 software lines of code – developed, integrated, tested, and delivered – build on the TSCE baseline of more than six million lines of code, and represent the first formal delivery to the ship that includes the combat system software as well as hull, mechanical, and electrical ship control functionality

  • A production AN/SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar successfully tracked air targets for the first time at Wallops Island, VA. The SPY-3 array, receiver/exciter and signal/data processor were controlled by the combat system of the Self Defense Test Ship, exercising various search and track modes, including the new volume search. The radar tracked targets of opportunity and displayed targets and data on the DDG 1000 Common Display System.

  • Completion of the third session of instructor-led ship control systems training with members of the DDG 1000 pre-commissioning crew in Bath, Maine. More than 55 sailors have been trained on ship control systems to date; 85 sailors have attended TSCE operations training. Crew training continues, most recently with a session at Raytheon's Portsmouth, R.I. facility – in the company's Ship Mission Center, a realistic replica of the crew's command center."


The first ship is 90% complete. This means its new advanced systems continue to validate as installed, while not having any show stoppers, or it does not clog-up up the construction work when installing equipment and systems. It's development continues forward with robust over-all progress. I am not saying there are no failures encountered, but defects found are slight in nature, when it comes to the ship systems coding. That is great news for the program. Averaging only one error per ten thousand lines of code. 

Crews are being trained in separate companies per expertise. The article above has divided up two groups for the trained ship company, with 55 dedicated towards control systems and 85 for TSCE operations. The remaining crew not listed will matriculate on board during its initial sea trials.

More About TSCE

January 17, 2013 Posted by; Military Embedded Systems

Raytheon TSCE software delivered to U.S. Navy for DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer tes

Raytheon TSCE software delivered to U.S. Navy for DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer testing

More than six million lines of code for the Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) integrated mission systems of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer program have been delivered to the U.S. Navy by Raytheon. One of the most complex software development programs in Navy history, as well as the first large-scale implementation of the Navy's Open Architecture strategy, the Raytheon TSCE software will support combat system and ship activation testing, which is scheduled for later this year.
The  is designed to connect all Zumwalt systems by creating a shipboard enterprise network that integrates all on-board systems. Kevin Peppe, Vice President of Seapower Capability Systems for 's Integrated Defense Systems business commented on the upcoming testing, "The upcoming tests and ship activation will demonstrate the robust capability and functionality of TSCE, the integrating element delivering mission wholeness for this revolutionary new warship."
Utilizing an open-architecture approach to offer scalability for cost-efficient new mission capabilities, the TSCE allows the Navy to leverage standardized Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware and software across the fleet. Delivering a high level of modularity and automation, the TSCE will be a key tenent of reuse for other platforms, and deliver a significant reduction in manning Zumwalt-class destoyers thanks in large part to its . Currently at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6, Raytheon's TSCE recently demonstrated the ability to perform in end-to-end operational environments, successfully completing automated control tests of its Integrated Power System and Engine Control System capabilities on the Navy's first all-electric ship at a land-based Navy test site.
The TSCE includes all shipboard computing applications, from Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4), and intelligence equipment to Combat Management Systems (CMSs) to machinery control and  embedded training, support, and damage control systems. Raytheon is contracted as the primary mission systems equipment integrator for the DDG 1000 program's electronic and combat systems, though the TSCE architecture is the product of a collaboration between Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Navy laboratories, and others.
Peppe continued, "We attribute TSCE success to the rigorous process employed by the incredibly talented industry team, building in incremental testing throughout development to verify quality, mitigate risk, and detect any defects early enough to avoid any impact to the Navy's schedule or cost."