Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is awarded a $55.96 million U.S. Navy contract for combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS).
The SSDS combat system engineering agent/software design agent primary deliverables will be SSDS tactical computer programs, program updates and associated engineering, development and logistics products. This contract will manage the in-service SSDS configurations as well as adapt and integrate new or upgraded war-fighting capabilities.
The cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-only, firm-fixed-price contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey (95.6%); and San Diego, California (4.4%), and is expected to be complete by December 2019. This contract also includes options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to around $637.58 million and be complete by December 2028.
The Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) is a combat system specifically designed for anti-air defense of aircraft carriers, and most other non-Aegis U.S. Navy combat ships. It coordinates many sensors, self-defense weapons and countermeasures installed aboard the ships.
The main objective of SSDS is countering sea-skimming anti-ship missile threats, but it can also engage high-diving anti-ship missiles and aircraft. A major advantage SSDS holds over other defense systems is the integration of many disparate sensors and the ability to automate the fire control loop to shorten overall detect-to-engage timeline.