Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) an Echelon Three Field Activity of Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) administratively reporting to the Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) in the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC.
SCSC is co-located at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA. SCSC is a unique shore installation the provides the best maritime and littoral environment, operations team, high-fidelity combat systems and platform sensors, along with the ability to connect with ships, aircraft, and other land-based sites for Surface Navy testing, training, and support of deployed surface combat systems, advanced systems under development, warfare systems integration, interoperability, and at-sea testing and exercises.
SCSC is located on the Atlantic Ocean adjacent to the military’s Virginia’s Capes OPAREA. We are the ideal location to conduct unobstructed and uninterrupted engineering, testing, and training exercises in the presence of sea clutter and reflectivity. Our team of 400+ military, civilian, and contractor personnel provide high quality engineering and technical support to enable effective combat systems engineering, testing, and training in an operational setting.
The AEGIS Facility supports Lifetime Support Engineering (LSE), In-Service Engineering (ISE), combat systems development and certification, warfare experiments, engineering initiatives, multi-system interoperability testing, and Navy training. The facility also houses the Data Analysis Center (DAC). Technical capabilities include AEGIS Combat System (ACS) suites supporting major computer program baselines and associated shipboard equipment, live and simulated operations, simultaneous operations for up to eight ships, all current and near-future tactical links as well as connectivity to support Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) and Force Interoperability Testing. The AEGIS facility has the SPY-1A, SPY-1B/D (Mod), and SPY-1D(V) radars and shares the SPQ-9B radar located at the Ship Self Defense Facility (SSDF). SCSC supports nine major ACS suites or Combat Information Centers (CIC) for baselines 3A through baseline 9A/B/C in both CG and DDG configurations. This support includes the majority of the different AEGIS and AEGIS BMD baseline versions currently in the fleet. SCSC has the inherent capability to accomplish high fidelity interoperability testing as a "Battle Group in the Sand" that represents the US Navy's surface combatants, amphibious assault, and aircraft carrier platforms with a unique location to accommodate US Navy, Joint, and Allied forces to address and conquer the challenges presented by interoperability in its many forms: System to System, Platform to Platform (Battle group), and the joint theater. Because of SCSC's live combat systems, accessibility to Fleet units, coupled with NASA's ability to launch live missile test targets, SCSC proves to have the optimum operationally realistic environment for conducting live tests and training exercises with ships at sea. In addition to the high-fidelity, live environment offered at SCSC, a flexible external connectivity infrastructure allows for critical testing among multiple labs across our campus, and the country. Locally, a certified Protected Distribution System (PDS) interconnects the facilities at SCSC, enabling the sharing of systems, as well as emulating battle group operations in a distributed simulation. For large-scale hardware-in-the-loop events with external sites, this is accomplished via the Secure Defense Research and Engineering Network (SDREN), Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE), and the Missile Defense Agency Classified Network (MDA C-Net). This proven capability has allowed SCSC users to conduct complex testing with simultaneous transport of Data Extraction to their connected analysis centers.
The Ship Self Defense Facility (SSDF) supports combat system development and certification ISE, Software Support Agent (SSA), warfare experiments, engineering initiatives, and interoperability testing for amphibious ships and aircraft carriers (CVN) with Ships Self Defense System (SSDS). In 2007, SCSC began supporting Combat System Testing for SSDS Open Architecture (OA), and ACB12 combat systems. 2019 sees the installation of TI-12H. The technical capabilities of the facility include all SSDS MK1 and MK2 (exception is SSDS MK 2 Mod 2, deactivated in 2019) systems (thirteen possible variants supported with five core suites), live and simulated operations, two simultaneous ship operations, all current and near-future tactical links as well as connectivity to support Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) and Force Interoperability Testing (FIT). As of FY12, SCSC replicates the SSDS MK 1 System deployed aboard Dock Landing (LSD 41 class) ships and supports development of the SSDS MK 2 systems planned for: Aircraft Carriers (Mod 1A and Mod 1B, Mod 6C (CVN 78)), Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD 17 class) ships (Mod 2A and Mod 2B), and Amphibious Assault (LHD class) ships (Mod 3A and Mod 3B), Amphibious Assault (LHA 6 class) ships (Mod 4B). In addition, SSDF missions have expanded beyond developmental testing to support numerous Combat Direction Center Team Trainers, live tracking exercises, SSDS Maintenance Course of Instruction Classes, and multisite interoperability testing. In the past, SCSC supported the multi-national, multi-ship Combat System Ship Qualification Trial (CSSQT) for Spanish Navy (CRISTOBAL COLON (F-105)) and USN (USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51)) in the VACAPES OPAREA with SCSC as the test conductor and range safety lead. In 2019, SCSC teamed with NASA to provide range safety services for rocket launches. As of the fall 2019 SCSC will begin re-installing a second TI-12 suite supporting Aircraft Carriers (Mod 1C), Amphibious Assault (Mod 3C), and Dock Landing (LSD 41 class) (Mod 5C). In 2020, SCSC will receive and install the TI-16 baseline that will support Aircraft Carriers (Mod 1E), Amphibious Transport Dock ships (Mod 2E), Amphibious Assault (Mod 3E), and Dock Landing (Mod 5E). This will expand capability to eighteen possible variants supported with seven core suites.
The Wallops Island Engineering Test Center (WIETC) supports the Dual Band Radar (DBR) Radar Equipment Simulation (RES) capability. The RES connects fiber optic cable via Protected Distribution System (PDS) conduits to existing SCSC Ships Self Defense Facility, providing simulated DBR tracks to Ships Self Defense System MK 2 Mod 6C for CVN 78 Combat System Integration and Development Testing (CSIT). The WIETC also hosts GOV and CTR Engineering offices, Test Dept. office, and warehouse space for Aegis and SSDS combat system equipment under activation for new baselines.
SCSC strives to provide Excellence in continued technical support to PEO IWS and all its customers maintaining the quality of the AEGIS Weapon and Combat System products being delivered to the Fleet.