Composite ballistic screen
Announced November 5, 2009, Raytheon and small business partner KaZaK Composites have completed the design phase of the composite ballistic screen for integration onboard the Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG 1000). With the U.S. Navy, Raytheon and KaZaK recently celebrated as the technology formally transitioned to Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III production - a critical milestone for an SBIR program. Working closely with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) acquisition team, Raytheon and KaZaK initiated an accelerated design, prototyping and test program in 2008. Multiple design iterations were explored during preliminary design through concurrent engineering coordination between Raytheon and Zumwalt national team partners Bath Iron Works and BAE Systems. The prototype and subsequent full-scale designs were iterated and validated through successful live-fire testing in 2008 and 2009. NAVSEA provided a prime contract modification to Raytheon for mission systems equipment. This enabled a SBIR Phase III subcontract award to KaZaK in September 2009 for long-lead material to produce the ballistic screens for the first two Zumwalt ship sets.