Raytheon’s AN/SPY-6(V) air and missile defence radar (AMDR) has successfully detected, acquired and tracked multiple targets during demonstrations at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii.
During the exercise, the radar system exhibited its ability to track multiple threats simultaneously, as well as a ballistic missile, through intercept.
Since its launch in January 2014, the US Navy’s SPY-6(V) programme has successfully met all milestones either ahead of or on schedule.
To be integrated on the US Navy’s first Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Flight III guided missile destroyer, the future USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125), the AN/SPY-6(V) radar is slated for delivery in 2019.
Program Executive Office above water sensors major programme manager and US Navy captain Seiko Okano said: “AN/SPY-6(V) continues to impress through consistent performance against complex, surrogate threats.
“With production now underway, we’re progressing, with confidence, toward delivery of this exceptional, game-changing radar, which will transform our naval capabilities for decades to come.”
The Raytheon-built weapon system is currently under production at the company’s advanced Radar Development Facility.
AN/SPY-6(V) radar provides greater range, enhanced accuracy and improved resistance to environmental and man-made electronic clutter, higher reliability and sustainability than currently deployed radars.
The system offers increased coverage for early and accurate detection, which optimises the effectiveness of the US Navy’s most advanced weapons, including all variants of Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6.
In August, the company opened a $72m, 30,000ft² radar development facility in Andover, Massachusetts, for integration and testing of current and future radar programmes for the US and international customers.
The US Navy’s AN/SPY-6 radar will be the first system to enter the facility.