US Navy conducts ballistic missile defence flight test with AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR


The US Navy has successfully carried out the second in a series of ballistic missile defence (BMD) flight tests with Raytheon's AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defence Radar (AMDR) off the west coast of Hawaii.

The flight test was designated Vigilant Titan, and involved the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii.

Raytheon's AN/SPY-6(V) radar was able to locate, identify and maintain track on the target throughout its trajectory.

US Navy Programme Executive Office (PEO) Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) Above Water Sensors major programme manager captain Seiko Okano said: “We are continuing to stress this radar by increasing the range and complexity of the targets, and demonstrating the awesome capability and versatility of the navy's next-generation integrated air and missile defence radar.”

The trial has met its primary objectives against a complex medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) targets, based on preliminary data.

"We are continuing to stress this radar by increasing the range and complexity of the targets, and demonstrating the awesome capability of the navy's next-generation integrated defence radar."

The system's performance is to be fully evaluated by programme officials using telemetry and other data obtained during the flight test.

AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR is being designed for the US Navy’s DDG 51 Flight III destroyer in order to provide the navy with the latest technology for integrated air and missile defence purposes.

The US Navy successfully conducted the first BMD flight test for the Raytheon AMDR in April.

The SPY-6(V) is built with radar modular assemblies (RMAs) and incorporates digital beamforming, Gallium Nitride (GaN) and other proven technologies.

Each individual RMA functions as a standalone radar, which can be linked into groups to form a radar aperture of any size.

The SPY-6(V) radar offers optimised range, sensitivity and discrimination accuracy, and is designed to enhance battlespace, situational awareness and reaction time in order to effectively counter current and future threats.