Raytheon Company's open architecture (OA) version of Ship Self Defense System (SSDS)
MK 2 successfully passed formal qualification testing. This significant
milestone enables the first delivery of a complete surface ship combat
management system that meets the Navy's Open Architecture Computing Environment
This OA system represents two generations of technology refresh since the first
SSDS MK 2 hardware was delivered to USS Ronald Reagan in 2002. It includes
significant improvements in the software since its delivery to the ship in 2005.
The program has applied a common source code library approach to reduce software
maintenance costs and allow all platforms to benefit from software upgrades.
This next generation combat management system advances the level of reliability,
maintainability, and coordinated combat direction to today's sailors. The open
systems design delivers the common capabilities consistent with the Navy's
Family of Ships strategy, providing an affordable solution to meet the mission
requirements of the fleet.
The combat management system migrated to OACE Category 3 and will undergo
further developmental testing by Raytheon and the Navy in preparation for full
production planned for 2007. Initial delivery to three ships -- USS Nimitz (CVN
68), USS San Antonio (LPD 17) and LHA 6 -- is scheduled for 2008.
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