Beginning in 2006, Kratos, thought its Gichner subsidiary, was awarded contracts for the design, engineering and production of Electronic Modular Enclosures (EMEs) from Wenzlau Engineering and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in support of the U.S. Navy DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer and Self Defense Test Ship programs.
Under the U.S. Navy's DDG 1000 Detail Design and Integration contract awarded in 2005, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) serves as the prime mission systems equipment integrator for all of the leading-edge electronic and combat systems for the Zumwalt-class destroyer program. Working with the Navy and a team of industry leaders, IDS is leading the effort to transform the Navy's ship requirements to reality. Raytheon IDS was tasked with providing new cost-effective innovations to modernize the approach to shipbuilding and mission equipment integration. As a subcontractor to IDS, Kratos was selected to provide design, engineering, manufacturing and technical support for the development of Electronic Modular Enclosures, which enable reductions in ship integration costs by streamlining shipboard combat system installation, integration and testing.
Kratos was tasked with:
Developing enclosures that efficiently package the shock mitigation, electromagnetic interference protection, thermal conditioning, security and vibration isolation for commercial off-the-shelf electronics integrated inside.
Providing Engineering and technical support including finite element analysis.
Conducting testing and equipment operational verification.
Maintaining a quality assurance program approved by Raytheon IDS.
The Kratos team has been instrumental in providing services and resources to support program goals and budgetary requirements.
Because of its expertise in design and production of tactical military enclosures, Kratos was able to provide the following design, production, testing and support services for the DDG 1000 program:
Kratos’ quality engineering services, production and technical support have contributed to the innovations and efficiencies inherent in this design approach for DDG 1000, including:
Kratos worked with Raytheon engineering and program management to minimize cost growth during the complex design to manufacturing transition and throughout the manufacturing program by implementing continuous improvement initiatives. These initiatives were successful in minimizing production, test and delivery schedule delays.