SSDS Passes Formal Qualification

Released on Thursday, June 22, 2006
United States of America
CVN 68 Nimitz
LHA 6 America
LPD 17 San Antonio
CVN - Attack Aircraft Carrier Nuclear-powered
OA - Open Architecture
OACE - Open Architecture Computing Environment
SSDS - Ship Self Defense System
USS - United States Ship
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 (OACE) standards.

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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