Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 42
Unitary Cost: USD$42 million
Also Known As: Navy Standard Command and Control integrated ship defense suite, Ship Self-Defense System and SSDS Mk 2
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: SSDS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 42
Total Cost: USD$668 million
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Description: The Ship Self Defense System (SSDS), currently known as the Navy Standard Command and Control integrated ship defense suite, is a combat system that will enable non-AEGIS ships to integrate and coordinate all the existing sensors and weapons systems aboard a ship. The principal threat for US ships are subsonic and supersonic anti-ship missiles. Detection of the threat and its engagement must be accomplished on the order of a minute or less. In aircraft carriers and amphibious ships there are too many weapons and support systems that must be coordinated with considerable manual intervention. The SSDS will expedite that process enabling a truly ship self-defense capability against high-performance threats. In addition, SSDS is interoperable with the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) and tactical data information links.

The SSDS consists of software and COTS hardware integrating radar systems with anti-air weapons such as missiles, rapid fire guns and decoys. The SSDS cannot improve individual systems but it can integrate inputs from radars, IFF, IR sensors, radar warning receiver and ESM. In the same way, the use of anti-air weapons can be optimized against incoming threats selecting the best weapon according to the threat's characteristics.

The SSDS MK 2 is an improved variant of SSDS. SSDS MK 2 features ship's self-defense capability against Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM) attack by integrating existing and programmed Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) stand-alone defensive systems and providing an automated quick response and multi-target engagement capability emphasizing performance in the littoral environment. The US Navy would take delivery of SSDS MK 2 beginning by September 2006.

SSDS Applications

Fighting Ships CVN 68 Nimitz CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford CVN 79 John F. Kennedy LHA 6 America LHA 8 LPD 17 San Antonio LSD 41 Whidbey Island


There are 9 news between
22 Jun 2006 and 7 Feb 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019USS Ford Aircraft Carrier Successfully Tests SSDS Air Defense System
Tuesday, October 30, 2018F-35B Demonstrates Digital Air Connection with US Navy Ship Self Defense System
Monday, November 5, 2012Raytheon Awarded US Navy Contract for Ship Self-Defense System
Monday, January 16, 2012Raytheon Completes Ship Self-Defense System Deliveries
Tuesday, January 13, 2009SSDS to Be Integrated onto CVN 78, LHA 6 and LSD 41 Ships
Tuesday, July 15, 2008FMS: Israel Requests up to Four Littoral Combat Ships
Monday, July 14, 2008Raytheon Delivers First Open Architecture Ship Self Defense System Mk 2
Tuesday, June 19, 2007US Navy Orders Three More SSDS Sets for CVN 68, LHA 6 and LPD 17
Thursday, June 22, 2006SSDS Passes Formal Qualification

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America42
Including 60 SSDS and 42 SSDS Mk2 P3I

Grand Total 421
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