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AN/SQQ-34 Aircraft Carrier Tactical Support System (CV-TSC)

The CV-TSC system provides increased situational awareness to the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in support of shipboard self-defense, primarily in the area of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Surface Warfare (SUW) on the Aircraft Carrier. As an integral force multiplier, CV-TSC provides operational support for MH-60R, helicopters, as well as, operational control (OPCON) for the P-3/P-8 aircraft. The system provides support for USW/SUW sensor data analysis, processing, exploitation and dissemination, tactical and operational data transfer, mission briefing/debriefing post-flight analysis, and USW/SUW Warfare Commander support. CV-TSC interfaces directly with the Ship's Self Defense System (SSDS), Global Command and Control System - Maritime (GCCS-M) and the SIPRNET LAN, thus providing an operational picture that is common across all CV-TSC tactical displays.
CV-TSC is a post-milestone C Acquisition Category (ACAT) III program that has evolved through several incremental upgrades from a stand-alone system to a network centric distributed system and integrated element of the CVN combat system. The program was initiated in 1973 to provide aircraft carrier based ASW/SUW support capabilities to the embarked S-3 Viking fixed wing aircraft and SH-3 Sea King helicopters. The latest variant of the system, the AN/SQQ-34C(V)2, began fielding on Carriers in 2012 and includes significant upgrades to integrate the tactical and sensor data of the MH-60R helicopter with the ship's combat systems, significantly increasing the aircraft carrier's USW/SUW capabilities. The system consists of COTS processing, display and communications equipment.
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Last Update: 17 January 2017