Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS)

Protecting Navy Vessels with Ship Anti-Air Warfare Capability

Raytheon's Ship Self-Defense System is a combat management system installed on aircraft carriers and amphibious vessels that guards against cruise missiles, provides situational awareness and coordinates combat mission operations.

The system's modular design makes it scalable and expandable, and its open architecture means it can be upgraded affordably. It also features a high degree of automation that follows naval doctrine while maintaining the commanding officer’s absolute control.

Using modern networking technology, the system:

  • Control sensors
  • Identifies and evaluates potential threats
  • Provides defense in-depth through weapon system assignment and scheduling
  • Executes other specific tactical procedures
  • Controls aircraft
  • Assesses readiness of ship defenses

The Ship Self-Defense System protects more than 60 percent of U.S. sailors at sea. It is fielded on the following ship classes: Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Class, Nimitz (CVN 68) Class, San Antonio (LPD 17) Class, America (LHA 6) Class, Wasp (LHD 1) Class, Whidbey Island (LSD 41) Class, and Harper’s Ferry (LSD 49) Class. SSDS provides world-class combat capability on more than 30 ships.