The US Navy has completed the final development test of the Raytheon-built AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (SPY-6 AMDR).

Designated as Vigilant Nemesis, the flight test was the last in a series of ballistic missile defence flight tests for the SPY-6 AMDR. It is also the 15th live ballistic missile test for the radar’s development phase.

During testing, SPY-6 AMDR searched for, detected, and maintained track on the short-range ballistic missile target that was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

US Navy Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems Above Water Sensors major programme manager captain Seiko Okano said: “The radar performed exactly as predicted. This completes our rigorous developmental test programme to support the on-time delivery of the Navy’s newest Flight III destroyer.”

According to the Navy, the radar successfully achieved all performance objectives as per the preliminary data.

Programme officials will further evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other test data.

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“Now in production, SPY-6 continues to stack up test successes and milestones, proving the maturity of its design and its exceptional capabilities.”

Okano added: “Now in production, SPY-6 continues to stack up test successes and milestones, proving the maturity of its design and its exceptional capabilities.

“The radar is on track to deliver game-changing integrated air and missile defence technology to the surface fleet through its ability to simultaneously address air and missile defence targets. This will provide an unprecedented level of comprehensive protection to naval forces and assets.”

The Navy completed the first live ballistic missile flight test mission for the SPY-6 radar in 2017, and Raytheon secured a support contract in December 2018.

SPY-6, which is the US Navy’s next-generation integrated air and missile defence radar, is on track to be delivered for installation on the Navy’s first modernised DDG 51 Flight III, the future USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125), in 2020.

The radar is capable of offering protection against integrated air and missile defence targets, as well as those of satellites and aircraft.