Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers will get phased-array antenna capabilities


July 21, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo of USS Zumwalt courtesy U.S. Navy

BOULDER, Colo. Ball Aerospace has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to develop a prototype of a new multiband, low-observable satellite communications antenna that will be installed on the U.S. Navy's newest stealth-enabled ships, the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers.

As part of its development effort, according to Ball Aerospace information, the company is applying its experience in electronically steerable phased-array antenna technology and high-performance stealth technology to design a solution that can operate over multiple frequency bands, meet existing signature requirements, and be applied for use on the Zumwalt-class destroyers.

Dr. Jake Sauer, vice president and general manager, Tactical Solutions, Ball Aerospace, said of the news: "We are pleased to partner with DIU and the U.S. Navy to explore ways to quickly and cost-effectively increase the capabilities of the DDG 1000. Our multiband, multibeam phased-array heritage and conformal antenna expertise directly supports the warfighter by addressing emerging threats and taking on new missions."

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