The US Navy has taken the delivery of its AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar System at the land-based test site Combat Systems Engineering Development Site (CSEDS) in Moorestown.

The radar will be fitted on New Construction Flight III Destroyers, with the first one being the USS Jack H Lucas (DDG-125) in 2024.

It is expected to provide better fleet capabilities. The power distribution system of the radar will be tested and integrated to assist new SPY-6 operations.

AEGIS Technical Representative Commanding Officer Captain Phillip Mlynarski said: “Today marks a historic day for AEGIS [TECHREP] and the US Navy as we usher in a new age of advanced sensor technology and a leap forward in combat power and lethality.

“The combined government and contractor team have shown how much can be accomplished in a short amount of time to support our sailors. We are integrating game-changing technology and cutting-edge combat system algorithms to truly sharpen the tip of the sword.”

The AEGIS Combat System (ACS) and AEGIS Weapons System (AWS) will be tested at CSEDS, where a live array will offer crucial testing input, which will ensure that software and hardware operate as per specifications.

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AEGIS TECHREP will provide expertise on ACS and AWS engineering, test and evaluation. It prepared the CSEDS building to offer support to the array’s weight and power requirements.

Testing of the SPY-6 on land in a controlled environment is expected to help in the identification and correction of issues before deployment to the fleet.