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New Ford-class Carrier Control System Passes Navy’s Preliminary Assessment, Set for 2022 Critical Review

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Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division, has finished the preliminary design review of the proposed ship control system for Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers.

The Ship Control System Government variant performance during the PDR convinced voting stakeholders to push through with the technology’s critical design review later in 2022, Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday.

John Dolan, an NSWCPD branch manager, explained that SCS-Gov is intended to replace Ford-class’ original control platform that did not meet the U.S. Navy’s post-collision standards and is suffering from obsolescence.

Already approved for the first two Ford-class carriers and two more incoming vessels, SCS-Gov uses government-designed and owned source code and a human-machine interface to provide steering control and propulsion interface throughout its minimum 25-year lifecycle.

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