Raytheon Completes First Dual-Target Test of Ford-Class Integrated Combat System

June 4, 2019 – Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test of the latest generation of the Ship Self Defense System, or SSDS, Integrated Combat System for the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The test was conducted off the coast of California from the Navy’s unmanned Self Defense Test Ship simulating a scenario CVN 78 may encounter once deployed. During the raid scenario exercise, two anti-ship missile surrogate targets were located, classified, tracked and engaged using the SSDS Integrated Combat System adapted for CVN 78.…

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Iwo Jima Completes Missile Exercise

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) successfully completed a missile exercise (MISSILEX) off the coast of Virginia, Feb. 9. Following the detection of the simulated threat, Iwo Jima fired one Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), striking a remotely controlled, subsonic missile drone meant to simulate an anti-ship cruise missile. SSDS is Iwo Jima’s primary defensive weapon, making maintenance on radars and weapons a top priority for the Combat Systems team. Year round, the crew tests the system’s sensors and missile cells, performs maintenance on its gears and motors, and conducts corrosion control…

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