The US Navy has taken delivery of the first Ship's Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F (SSEE-F) system, a maritime signals intelligence system developed by Boeing.
The delivery programme is ahead of schedule and the navy will receive time for additional testing.
US Navy programme executive office Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) Information Operations principal APM Chris Parente said: "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."
Boeing SSEE-F programme manager Dan Marini said: "As the navy's partner in building this critical signals intelligence system, we are focused on adding value for our customer.
"We're constantly looking at what we can improve next that gives them an advantage."
Built by Boeing subsidiary Argon, the tactical cryptologic SSEE-F system facilitates the operation of all required signal processing operations to acquire, detect, locate and evaluate signals for external and internal data.
Building on the capabilities of Increment E, the SSEE-F integrates modern field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology, embedded processing and server network technologies.