Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
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
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.
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