The U.S. Navy stated Monday that newest Gerald R. Ford-class plane carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), recently executed testing of vital combat systems while underway in the Atlantic Ocean.
These tests, performed during Ford’s post-delivery test and trials (PDT&T) section, are designed to stress the ship’s fight system capabilities and demonstrate the successful integration of recent technologies, which the crew employs to defend the aircraft provider.
Cmdr. Ron McCallister, Ford’s fight programs officer, noted the testing was a collaborative effort between Naval Sea Methods Command along with the larger technical community and the ship’s force.
Ford’s first certification of built-in combat systems tested the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon (ATCRB) and Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF). The tests carried out over several days, evaluated the ATCRB’s potential to track air and floor contacts and to recognize friendly and enemy aircraft utilizing an advanced identification system.
IFF is used not only for friend identification but also to control planes.
Ford also recently completed sea-based building testing of vital fight systems. This was the first full test of the built-in fight system against tactical adversaries. Testing was carried out with Kfir and Hawker Hunter jet plane from the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company. Ship’s crew tracked the plane, using Ford’s Dual Band Radar.