Ship Self Defense System
Definition/Scope: (USN) The Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) utilizes the SLQ-32 system, the NATO Sea Sparrow Missile Systems and the Rolling Airframe (RAM) Block 1 missile, and is designed to defend against anti-ship missile and aircraft attack in the cluttered littoral conflict environment where reaction times are exceedingly short. The SSDS system correlates sensor information, assesses own-ship defense readiness and recommends optimal tactical defense responses. With enhanced target tracking, SSDS expedites the assignment of weapons for manual threat engagements and provides operators with a ’recommend engage’ solution. When operating in the automatic mode, the SSDS will coordinate both soft and hard kill employment. Constructed of commercial off-the-shelf equipment, including a fiber-optic local area network and distributed processors, SSDS MK 2, Mod 1 is the latest step in support of carrier and big deck amphibious.
Broader Terms:Force Protection
Narrower Terms:antiship missile