Raytheon has secured a $327.14m fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification to a previously awarded contract to begin low-rate initial production of AN/SPY-6(V) air and missile defence radars (AMDRs).
Under the terms of the modification, Raytheon will develop the first three AN/SPY-6(V) AMDRs for the US Navy and provide non-recurring engineering efforts in support of production.
Raytheon AMDR programme director Tad Dickenson said: “Progressing to production is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication from our AMDR team of experts across Raytheon, the Navy, and our world-class suppliers.
“In just over three years of the engineering, manufacturing and development phase, we've gone from a technology demonstrator to a technically mature, highly advanced, functioning radar.
“Production begins today, which brings us one day closer to delivering this needed, and unprecedented, integrated air and missile defence capability to the Navy.”
Expected to be completed by October 2020, the AMDR low-rate initial production units will be manufactured in Marlborough, Massachusetts, US.
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The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is serving as the contracting activity for the AN/SPY-6(V) production project.
With delivery scheduled for 2019, the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR has been specifically designed to be fitted on the US Navy’s first DDG 51 Flight III destroyer.
Developed with radar modular assemblies (RMAs), the Raytheon radar can function as a standalone radar and be grouped to develop any size radar aperture from a single RMA to configurations larger than those facilitated by currently fielded radars.