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        • The most significant opportunities to impact the cost of building and operating a ship are found in the design and engineering phase.

          Initial Design  |  Basic Design  |  Detailed Design

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        • Even a smaller shipbuilding project is immense in scope and scale. Manage the challenges that are unique to ship construction.

          Prepare  |  Fabricate  |  Assemble

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        • With the majority of a ship’s life taking place after it’s been built, it’s crucial to ensure that the organization has a clear picture of the vessel at all times.

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        • Engineering information is a shipbuilder’s most important asset. Getting that information to fit your business means using a solution that is built to handle shipbuilding’s unique challenges and information requirements throughout each stage of a vessel’s lifecycle.

        • EnterprisePlatform
        • Every process in a shipyard requires data. Seamlessly sharing that data across tools in the correct format needed allows for meaningful, actionable information to be consumed throughout the organization. Providing the freedom to choose the tailored tools required for a shipbuilding project.

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        • ShipbuildingPLM is the only product lifecycle management (PLM) platform that is specifically built for the business of shipbuilding. It allows your shipyard to manage and organize information, understand change, build a foundation for digital innovation, and support MRO activities – without the risks and costs of traditional PLM implementations.

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July 10, 2014
Client News
Missile Defense System
Missile Defense System

We are not allowed to share all the details but here is what we can say.  SSI’s ShipConstructor CAD/CAM software is used to help build several key elements of the United States Ballistic Missile Defense System.

These include not just sea components but parts of the land system as well. This is an example of how despite the fact that ShipConstructor is optimized for shipbuilding, the program’s flexibility and power make it capable of handling other engineering challenges involving complex metal structures.  

What we can talk about are some of the naval ships that are involved.

Arleigh Burke Destroyers under construction will be Aegis BMD equipped
The Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers under construction will be  equipped with Aegis BMD

SSI client Huntington Ingalls is building the DDG-113, and DDG-114 Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers using ShipConstructor software. These vessels will be equipped with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMD) which will allow them to shoot down enemy missiles in the air before they can do damage.

Below is a video from the US Missile Defense Agency showing the results of the “Stellar Ninja” tests with the US Navy.

Another connection to ShipConstructor and the missile defense system is the software’s use on one of the radar vessels that make missile defense possible. Since ballistic missile tests occur over vast expanses of ocean, fixed-based radars are not ideal for the tracking job. This is where highly customized tracking, test and ballistic missile defense support ships come into play.

Howard O. Lorenzen Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
Howard O. Lorenzen Missile Range Instrumentation Ship

The newest and most powerful missile tracking ship is the USNS Howard O. Lorenzen. This 534-foot long vessel packs a pair of state-of-the-art “Cobra King” active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars that are each a half a million pounds and the size of a three story building.

It was built at SSI client Shipyard VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, Mississippi who utilized ShipConstructor for the detail design and production engineering of the vessel.


The Missile Defense System helps protect our future. ShipConstructor helps build it in ways beyond even what we as the developers of the product imagined.


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