Lockheed Martin’s recent contract win to provide combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) has put the company squarely on course to be the surface-fleet combat system manager for the US Navy (USN).
SSDS is the combat management system for USN aircraft carrier and large-deck amphibious ships and provides capability to defend against anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) attacks.
The USN is looking to develop a “common core” for surface-fleet combat management and, with the SSDS contract, Lockheed Martin will be in prime position to achieve those “levels of commonality”, Rich Calabrese, company programme director, Surface Navy Mission Systems, told Jane’s .
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