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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