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system of systems


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The system of systems (SoS) differs from the family in that the SoS is a set of unique systems that perform a common mission by combining the synergistic effect of multiple systems, e.g. a howitzer, a fire control computer, and a counter battery radar. The SoS is achieved by integrating both existing or future systems so that each contribute to overall mission success. The SoS can continue to grow to encompass additional systems as integration across the services continues. And the SoS can include families of systems for each unique system, e.g. howitzer Inc2. The SoS can also include systems that are integrated physically onto a larger weapon system, e.g. Surface Combat Ship with multiple unique subsystems that are integrated onto the ship.