C4iSR: Maritime

CVN 78 integrated combat system completes final developmental test

04 June 2019

The Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) Integrated Combat System for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its final developmental test recently, SSDS contractor Raytheon confirmed on 4 June.

The testing was done from the US Navy (USN) unmanned Self Defense Test Ship off the coast of California, in which the SSDS located, classified, tracked and engaged two anti-ship missile surrogate targets during a simulated attack on the ship, Raytheon said.

Not only did the mock raid mark the first dual-target engagement for the new Ford combat system, which features the Dual-Band Radar (DBR), it also underscored the growing importance and relevance of enhanced simulation and modeling for radar system development, Mike Fabel, Raytheon’s SSDS programme manager told Jane’s .

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