Gichner Shelter Systems, a division of Gichner Systems Group, and a world leader in the design and development of tactical military shelters, is proud to announce delivery of the forth DDG 1,000 Electronic Modular Enclosure (EME) for the Navy’s new Zumwalt class of destroyer.

Gichner, currently under contract to Wenzlau Engineering, will deliver 32 EMEs to Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in support of the production of the first two Zumwalt-class destroyers. Sixteen of these large equipment enclosures per ship provide rugged protection for Zumwalt’s commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) based mission system equipment. The COTS electronics deliver unsurpassed warfighting capability for 21st century threats in an open architecture format that enables low cost technology refresh and new capability introductions.

The EMEs provide isolation for shock, vibration and electromagnetic interference, in additional to supplying power, cooling, and security for the mission system equipment. The EMEs are a revolutionary lower cost approach in shipbuilding that enables over 200 individual COTS electronics cabinets to be fully integrated and tested as sub-systems before being delivered as 16 stand-alone shelters to the shipyard. This provides substantial savings in electronics packaging, shipbuilding, and shipboard integration as well as reducing shipyard production cycle times.

Under the US Navy’s DDG 1,000 detail design and integration contract awarded in 2005, Raytheon Integrated Defense System serves as the prime mission systems equipment integrator for all of the leading-edge electronic and combat systems for the Zumwalt-class destroyer program.

A new generation of advanced multi-mission surface combat ships

The DDG 1,000 Zumwalt-class destroyer is America’s next generation, multi-mission, naval destroyer, serving as the vanguard of an entire new generation of advanced multi-mission surface combat ships. Zumwalt’s advanced mission capabilities give the ship unprecedented versatility in a variety of operational environments and dramatically reduce manning requirements. The system’s open architecture design enables commonality across the US Navy’s entire family of ships, which will pay dividends for years to come.

Gichner Shelter Systems designs, manufactures and integrates tactical and logistic shelters and related products for military and commercial applications. Its shelters, assembled from lightweight bonded panels fabricated using both foam and beam and honeycomb core construction are used worldwide. Gichner’s core products include all of the US military Standard Family of Tactical Shelters as well as numerous custom designed shelters and derivatives.

In addition to its extensive line of standard shelters, Gichner provides turn-key systems that are rack ready for the installation of its customer’s electronic systems. Gichner offers more than 40 years of engineering expertise in the application of proven solutions and the development of custom solutions to systems mobility and environmental protection of electronic systems. Its customer list includes virtually every major prime contractor as well as all of the major military buying commands. Gichner products are sold and serviced worldwide.