Raytheon Missiles and Defense is awarded a $125.9 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to exercise options for the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) low rate initial production (LRIP).
This option exercise is for the production of six EASR LRIP units; four AN/SPY-6(V)2 (air and missile defense radar) EASR rotator LRIP units; and two AN/SPY-6(V)3 EASR fixed-faced LRIP units.
The AN/SPY-6(V)2 EASR rotator LRIP units will be deployed on the USS Bougainville (LHA-8); USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74); USS Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD-29); and USS Harrisburg (LPD-30).
The AN/SPY-6(V)3 EASR fixed-faced LRIP units will be deployed on USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79); and the first FFG(X) guided-missile frigate. (The original Pentagon contract announcement named the vessel as USS Brooke (FFG-1) but the Navy later corrected saying it was an error)
Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $122.3 million will be obligated at time of award. Funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-16-C-5370).
The contract work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts (76%); Andover, Massachusetts (18%); Sudbury, Massachusetts (5%); and Portsmouth, Rhode Island (1%). Work is expected to be completed by January 2023.
Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR)
EASR, the newest sensor in the Navy’s SPY-6 family of radars, provides simultaneous anti-air and anti-surface warfare (AAW, ASuW), electronic protection and air traffic control (ATC) for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships.
Two variants of EASR are being built: a single-face rotating array variant, designated AN/SPY-6(V)2, for amphibious assault ships and Nimitz class aircraft carriers, and a three fixed-face array variant, designated AN/SPY-6(V)3, for Navy’s latest Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carriers and the future FFG(X) guided missile frigates.
Both versions of EASR are built on scalable Radar Modular Assembly, or RMA, technology as well as a software baseline that has been matured through development and test successes of AN/SPY-6(V)1, the U.S. Navy’s program of record for the DDG 51 Flight III destroyers. Each RMA is a self-contained radar in a 2′ x 2′ x 2′ box. These individual radars can integrate together to form arrays of various sizes to address any mission on any ship. EASR also adds air traffic control and weather capabilities to the mature SPY-6 software baseline.
Upon completion of system-level testing in Q4 2019, EASR will shift from the engineering and manufacturing development phase to the production phase. The first delivery of AN/SPY-6(V)2 is to the future USS Bougainville (LHA-8), a planned U.S. Navy America-class Amphibious Assault Ship, and is scheduled for 2021. The first delivery of the AN/SPY-6(V)3 is to the second Ford-class supercarrier, the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), in 2023.