Raytheon Company has been awarded a $26 million contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command for five Ship Self Defence Systems (SSDS) Mk 2 tactical ship sets.
The award to Raytheon’s Integrated Defence Systems includes options for two additional SSDS tactical ship sets designated for LPD-23 and CVN-75 craft.
SSDS provides a rapid-reaction anti-air defence capability that identifies and classifies targets, prioritises and conducts engagements, directs interceptor aircraft to targets, and exchanges targeting information and engagement orders within the battle group and different service components in the joint theatre of operations.
Additionally, SSDS integrates and co-ordinates all existing sensors and weapons onboard a ship. The system makes it possible to automate the detect-and-engage sequence through the use of identification and engagement doctrine statements.
Raytheon SSDS tactical ship sets are being installed on all amphibious transport LPD-17 class warships, all amphibious assault LHD class warships, and all CV/CVN aircraft carriers, including the Navy’s newest carrier, the George H.W. Bush, CVN-77.
Work will be performed at Raytheon’s Naval Integration Centres in Rhode Island and California.