Raytheon Missiles & Defense (RMD) has secured a $651m contract to produce AN/SPY-6(V) air and missile defence radars for US Navy ships.

Awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command, the hardware, production and sustainment contract also has four option years, which, if exercised, takes the cumulative contract value to $3.2bn and involves five years of radar production to equip up to 31 vessels.

Work is expected to complete by November 2025, and if all options are exercised, it will continue until June 2028.

As per the contract, the company will manufacture, fixed-face, rotating and solid state SPY-6 variants that will offer integrated air and missile defence capabilities for seven types of US Navy ships over the next four decades.

Among those vessels include the US Navy’s new Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyers, aircraft carriers and amphibious ships. The Flight IIA destroyers will be equipped with an upgraded radar.

RMD president Wes Kremer said: “There is no other radar with the surface maritime capabilities of SPY-6.

“SPY-6 is the most advanced naval radar in existence, and it will provide our military a giant leap forward in capability for decades to come.”

The company has invested over $600m on the development and manufacturing of the SPY-6 radars.

As against the legacy radars, SPY-6 offers new capabilities to the surface fleet. These features include advanced electronic warfare protection and improved detection abilities.

SPY-6 radar variants feature between nine and 37 radar modular assemblies.

Due to the general radar modular assemblies (RMAs), SPY-6 is scalable and modular to support production across all variants.

Due to the commonality aspect, it also becomes possible for standardised logistics and to impart training to those who work on these radars.

The installation of SPY-6 radar is complete on the US Navy’s first Flight III destroyer, the USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125).

The USS Jack H Lucas is slated to become operational in 2024.

Deliveries of radar array are also complete for the next vessel in the class, the future USS Ted Stevens (DDG 128).