Raytheon Missiles & Defense and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have partnered and successfully conducted demonstrations of the Network Cooperative Radar (NCR) programme.

The programme is aimed at developing an advanced radar system that helps achieve the distributed sensing networks’ objective of the US Navy.

It seeks to provide the fleet with electromagnetic (EM) manoeuvre capabilities in support of the US Navy’s Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO) concept.

According to the company, the software updates for SPY-6 radar will help the service to better defend against emerging threats.

During the demonstration, two surface-based radar emulators used the distributed sensing capabilities to detect the targets.

US Navy Integrated Warfare Systems programme executive officer rear admiral Seiko Okano said: “SPY-6 will provide an unprecedented level of protection to naval forces, and software updates like this demonstrate that it’s only getting better.

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“Programmes like NCR ensure SPY-6 will be the backbone of our distributed sensing capabilities in the future.”

According to Raytheon, cooperative radars work together using distributed sensing capabilities to provide a complete view of objects within an intended area of coverage.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense Advanced Technology vice-president Colin Whelan said: “NCR furthers the development of our next-generation software-defined apertures.

“The continued development of capabilities demonstrated by NCR will ensure SPY-6 remains the most advanced naval radar in the world.”

In July last year, Raytheon delivered the first AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar array to US Navy for deployment on the DDG 51 Flight III-class ship.