Publication: Raytheon Issued: Date: 2003-03-26 Reporter: Raytheon

Raytheon's Ship Self Defense System Completes Major Program Milestone




Date 2003-03-26



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Raytheon has completed development and functional qualification testing of the Ship Self-Defense System MK 2 Modification 1 (SSDS MK 2 MOD 1) for the United States Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76. The SSDS MK 2 MOD 1 is being delivered to the U.S. Navy's Surface Combat Systems Center at Wallops Island for development testing followed by installation on CVN 76.

"Partnership with our U.S. Navy customer and a complete team effort were key to this highly successful delivery," said Mary Petryszyn, vice president of Warfare and Ship Systems Integration at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems. "Our collaborative efforts have insured that the fleet will receive an integrated and innovate warfighting capability that will benefit our sailors, aviators and Marines."

The SSDS MK2 system will provide the navy's newest carrier and large amphibious class ships with an open architecture, distributed Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) based system that provides automated detection through engagement capability, coordination and control of weapons and situational awareness command and control at the battle group level. Follow-on development will include enhanced air and surface capabilities for slow moving targets as well as organic training capability.

"SSDS MK2 is a pioneering program for Object Oriented Development and Open Architecture," said Greg Black, program manager for SSDS MK 2 at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems. "Our team overcame significant challenges in COTS software integration and has laid the foundation for supporting future technology upgrades with minimal impact to application software."

Raytheon's proven open architecture naval combat system will also be integrated into the LPD 17 program as SSDS MK 2 MOD 2, and the open architecture elements complement work being done on the DD(X) program and for Raytheon's Littoral Combat Ship design. Work is being performed at Raytheon's facilities in San Diego, Calif. and Portsmouth, R.I.

Based in Tewksbury, Mass., Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems provides integrated air and missile defense and naval and maritime warfighting systems, including modeling and simulation capabilities for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and strong global integrated capabilities for Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and technology customers.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2002 sales of $16,8 billion, is an industry leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon employs more than 76 000 people worldwide.

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Steve Brecken
Tewksbury, Mass.

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