More Than Just Simulators Will Defend US Navy Ships in Port

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Yesterday, DID described how a sims-style video game was training attack sub sailors to be prepared for security threats while in port. Apparently, the US Navy isn’t stopping there. Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems in Annapolis, MD received a $6 million firm-fixed-price/cost type contract for the Shipboard Protection System (SPS). The purpose of the SPS system is to enhance the ability of surface naval vessels to defeat terrorist attempts or counter other threats while moored to a pier, at anchor, or during restricted maneuvering like canals, narrow littoral channels, etc. Capabilities for Increment I include: Integrated Surface Surveillance System, and Non-lethal weapons/devices. The surface surveillance system integrates EO/IR sensors, radar, and stabilized guns into a common tactical surveillance system. Non-lethal weaponry will also be included. The resulting system is designed to provide a host ship with a fully integrated and seamless sensor, analysis, and response system that will provide the means for 360-degree situational awareness and engagement capability around-the-clock, with no increase in ship manning. That last aspect is very important, as many of the U.S. Navy’s future designs assume that automation will significantly reduce their crew numbers. DTIC’s RDTEN FY 2006 Budget Item Justifications [PDF format] note that SPS […]

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