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Friday, May 08, 2015

Navy Spends $1.6B to Upgrade Carrier and Amphib Ship Defenses

Ship Self Defense Systems (SSDS)The Navy is working on a $1.6 billion technological upgrade overhauling ship defense systems onboard amphibs and aircraft carriers to include interceptor missiles, streamlined radars and software improvements, service officials said.

The work is being done on what's called Ship Self Defense Systems, or SSDS – a series of integrated technologies being upgraded to track, identify and destroy a wide range of possible threats such as incoming enemy supersonic missiles.

"I'm upgrading the SSDS to handle the Joint Strike Fighter and to handle higher threats. My primary upgrades with SSDS are getting an upgrade to be able to handle supersonic targets," said Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, director of Surface Warfare.

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