automation, the NTDS provides commanders with a broad picture of the current tactical situation. It also
assists them in directing their operations in time to intercept and destroy all potential enemy threats. The
use of digital computers and digital data processing techniques reduces reaction time and increases force
NTDS uses a variety of equipment. This equipment includes transmitters, receivers, cryptographic
equipment, high-speed digital computers, magnetic tapes, disks, and a variety of displays. Figure 5-10
shows the NTDS equipment grouping and how it interfaces with the weapons and sensor systems of a
ship. Figure 5-11 shows the NTDS system inputs and outputs. As you can see, large amounts and various
types of information are provided to or taken from the NTDS. Now that you have seen the types of
information associated with the NTDS, let's look at how this information is transmitted and used.
Figure 5-10.NTDS equipment grouping.
Figure 5-11.NTDS system inputs/outputs.