Speculation surrounds new Project Overmatch technology reportedly being tested by the Nimitz Class USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and support vessels off the California coast.
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Technical information about Project Overmatch is scarce, however, it’s known that the system falls under the Joint All-Domain Command and Control program to seamlessly connect sensors, weapons systems, land, air, sea, and cyber military assets.
Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) Commander and Rear Admiral Doug Small said NAVWAR has assigned a cross-functional Project Overmatch team to work on rapid systems integration and fielding a new naval operating architecture, during a discussion at the 2023 Sea-Air-Space conference in the US on 10 April.
“The operational architecture that we’re developing is all about enhancing distributed maritime operations; the way naval power is delivered to the Joint Force Commander,” he said.
“From the strategic to tactical level of war, this architecture allows the command and control to flow from the joint commander down to each individual unit.”
Rear Admiral Small has previously indicated the technology synchronises lethal and non-lethal effects and connects manned and unmanned systems in a robust naval operational architecture that integrates command and control across the joint force.
The Navy is requesting $192 million in its Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for Project Overmatch.
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group was originally posted to the Eastern Pacific on 4 April and has now completed multi-phase training, to improve interoperability and coordination among Strike Group units before deployment, according to statements published by the US Navy on 7 April.
The Carl Vinson was being assessed for proficiency during damage control and warfighting evolutions to include shipboard firefighting, simulated man overboard and abandon ship drills, mass casualty evolutions, replenishments-at-sea, administrative reviews and flight operations.
Later this year, the Vinson Carrier Strike Group will conduct Composite Unit Training Exercise as the final part of the Integrated Phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan.