Raytheon will display the U.S. Navy’s new AN/SPY-6(V)1 integrated air and missile defense radar (AMDR) at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, MD from May 6-8, the company announced.
AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR is a next generation active electronically scanned array (AESA) air and missile defense 3D radar developed for the U.S. Navy’s future DDG-51 Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.
AMDR will provide integrated air and missile defense (IAMD), and even periscope detection to the DDG 51 Flight III vessels. It has greater capability – in range, sensitivity and discrimination accuracy – than currently deployed radars, increasing battlespace, situational awareness and reaction time to effectively counter current and future threats.
It is the first scalable radar, built with Radar Modular Assemblies – radar building blocks. Each RMA, roughly 2′ x 2′ x 2′ in size, is a standalone radar that can be grouped to build any size radar aperture, from a single RMA to configurations larger than currently fielded radars.
The AMDR features S-band radar (AMDR-S), X-band radar and radar suite controller (RSC) to offer area and self defence against air and surface threats. The AMDR-S is an integrated air and missile defence radar, capable of providing long range detection and engagement of advanced threats. The X-band radar provides horizon-search radar capability while the RSC has been designed to offer S and X-band radar resource management, coordination and interface to the Aegis combat system.
With this, AMDR will provide multi-mission capabilities, simultaneously supporting long range, exoatmospheric detection, tracking and discrimination of ballistic missiles, as well as Area and Self Defense against air and surface threats. 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 AMDR-S/RSC Engineering and Manufacturing Development (E&MD) contract for the program was awarded to Raytheon in October 2013. Currently in production at Raytheon’s advanced Radar Development Facility, the radar is on schedule for delivery to the U.S. Navy’s first modernized DDG 51 Flight III destroyer, the future USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125), in 2020.
The U.S. Navy’s new Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) leverages the highly-scalable design and mature technologies of AN/SPY-6 in a scaled nine-RMA configuration to meet the mission requirements of aircraft carriers and amphibious ships. The commonality – in both hardware and software – with AN/SPY-6 offers a host of advantages, including maintenance; training; logistics; and lifecycle support.