The US Navy has awarded a $402.65m contract to Raytheon for the provision of additional SPY-6 radars for deployment on DDG 51 Flight III-class ships.

The contract is a fixed-price-incentive modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise options for Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) low-rate initial production (LRIP).

Three AMDR LRIP units will be delivered under the modification.

Raytheon will perform the contract work in Marlborough, Massachusetts, with completion expected to take place by March 2023.

The US Navy will disburse fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion funding of $402.65m at the time of award.

“The US Navy will disburse fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion funding of $402.65m at the time of award.”

AN/SPY-6(V), which is the Navy’s next-generation integrated air and missile defence radar, is currently in production.

To be integrated into the DDG-51 Flight III destroyer, the SPY-6 radar offer protection against air, surface, and ballistic missile threats.

The radar is made up of individual ‘building blocks’ called radar modular assemblies (RMA), each of which is a self-contained radar.

Last month, the SPY-6 radar passed a ballistic missile test, which represents its final round of developmental testing.

During the test, the AN/SPY-6(V)1 AMDR searched for, detected and maintained track of a short-range ballistic missile target as predicted.

The missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The test, designated Vigilant Nemesis, was the 15th live test in the development phase.

Raytheon expects to deliver the radar to the Navy next year.

The latest contract follows a $114.06m US Navy contract in December last year to provide AN/SPY-6(V) air and missile defence radar (AMDR) integration and production support services.