Raytheon Company has been awarded a $136 million production contract for AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar, the U.S. Navy’s next generation integrated air and missile defense radar. The award is an option exercised under the current low rate initial production contract and funds the fourth ship set of radar mission equipment.
Since its inception in January 2014, the AMDR program has met 20 of 20 milestones, ahead of or on schedule. The radar has achieved a series of successes during the U.S. Navy’s AN/SPY-6(V)1 testing program, and remains on schedule for delivery to the Navy’s first modernized DDG 51 Flight III, the future USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125), in 2019.
“AN/SPY-6(V)1 milestones and test successes continue to build, proving the maturity of its design and its exceptional capabilities,” said U.S. Navy Captain Seiko Okano, Major Program Manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. “Now in production, we are closer to delivering the nation’s most advanced integrated air and missile defense radar – the new cornerstone capability of the surface fleet.”
Throughout testing at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, AN/SPY-6(V)1 has proven its multi-mission capability to extend the battlespace and safeguard the fleet from multiple, simultaneous threats. The radar has demonstrated its performance against an array of single and multiple targets of increasing complexity in dedicated flights tests as well as ballistic missile, satellites and aircraft targets of opportunity.
Background on AN/SPY-6(V)1 AN/SPY-6(V)1 provides greater range, increased accuracy, greater resistance to environmental and man-made electronic clutter, higher reliability and sustainability than currently deployed radars. The radar’s demonstrated sensitivity provides greater coverage for early and accurate detection which optimizes the effectiveness of the Navy’s most advanced weapons, including all variants of Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6.
The inherent scalability of the radar – based on 2’x2’x2’ Radar Modular Assemblies, individual radar “building blocks” – allows for new instantiations without significant new radar development costs. Scaled variants of AN/SPY-6(V) already designated as U.S. Navy programs of record, include the back-fit radar for existing DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyers, the new and backfit radars for aircraft carriers and amphibious ships, as well as the radar for the new guided-missile frigate, FFG(X).