On 6 August, Raytheon announced it has opened a new $72 million, 30,000sq ft facility at its Andover, MA campus, specifically intended for advanced radar development, test and manufacture. The new space features advanced automation technology to support complex radar testing and integration.
The new facility supports quality, reliability, repeatability and delivery speed through:
- Two near field radar test ranges, one of which is now the largest in the company
- A 1.5MW substation to meet power requirements of current and future radar programmes
- Autonomous material movement via automated guided vehicles
- The industry's first ‘dual robotic’ system for radar array assembly
The new radar development facility is the primary location for integration and testing of current and future radar programmes for US and international customers. The US Navy’s next-generation integrated air and missile defence radar, the AN/SPY-6, which is now in low rate initial production, is the first system to enter the space.
"We built the new radar development facility with the future – and our customers – in mind," commented Programme Manager, Sarah Jennette. "This advanced manufacturing campus now has the ability to work from atoms all the way up to massive radar arrays [….] From physical size, to power capabilities, to automated tech, we are building for the future of radar [….] As the next step in our advanced manufacturing roadmap, it follows on the heels of our recently announced $100 million radar manufacturing plant to be built in Forest, MS."