Raytheon’s AN/SPY-6(V)1 air and missile defence radar for the US Navy completed its most complex test series yet, exceeding all performance requirements, the company announced on 5 February.

In a series of tests designed to stress the system to a greater extent than ever before, the radar searched for, detected and maintained track on the target as predicted. Throughout testing at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, the AN/SPY-6(V)1 has consistently proven its multi-mission capability to extend the battlespace and safeguard the fleet from multiple, simultaneous threats. The radar has now demonstrated its performance against an array of singular and multiple targets of increasing complexity, including integrated air and missile defence targets, as well as targets of opportunity, satellites and aircraft.

The AN/SPY-6(V)1 provides greater range, increased accuracy, greater resistance to environmental and man-made electronic clutter, plus higher reliability and sustainability than currently deployed radars. Its significantly higher demonstrated sensitivity provides greater coverage for early and accurate detection.

Since its inception in January 2014, the programme has met 20 of 20 milestones, ahead of or on schedule, progressing well through the Navy's dedicated AN/SPY-6(V)1 testing programme. Currently in production, the radar is on schedule for delivery to the Navy's first modernized DDG 51 Flight III, the future USS JACK H LUCAS (DDG 125), in 2020.

Now in production, AN/SPY-6(V)1 continues to stack up test successes and milestones, proving the maturity of its design and its exceptional capabilities,” observed Major Program Manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems, said Capt Seiko Okano, USN. “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 AN/SPY-6(V)1, now in series production. (Photo: Raytheon)

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