According to a recent news release, Boeing has delivered the first system in the U.S. Navy’s latest order of the “Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F” (SSEE-F) program ahead of schedule, giving the Navy time for additional testing of embedded software and new system features.
To date, Boeing has delivered four orders for the SSEE-F program and they plan on delivering all upcoming systems in the current order on an accelerated schedule. Chris Parente, Principal APM, Information Operations, PEO C4I, said about the program’s progress in the release, “Receiving this and future systems well ahead of schedule is a real advantage for our warfighters. We’re able to test new software releases and features to support future fleet integration, without disruption to current missions or ongoing fleet operations.”
The SSEE-F systems are tactical cryptologic systems which perform all signal processing functions necessary to acquire, identify, locate and analyze signals for internal and external information. The systems are built on capabilities of Increment E, with the latest in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology, embedded processing and server network technologies.
Since the software inside systems such as the SSEE-F are both highly complex and mission critical, embedded software testing plays a critical role in the successful development and implementation of the program. By meeting project milestones ahead of schedule, the U.S. Navy has allowed for additional testing of mission-critical software and other new system features to ensure that it meets requirements for robust performance.