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Raytheon is to build an additional two AN/SPY-6(V) radars for the US Navy (USN) under a $250 million (€226 million) contract, the company announced on 20 December.

The SPY-6 designation applies to a family of next-generation integrated air and missile defence radars that can be scaled to meet the mission requirements of any ship. "SPY-6 delivers significantly enhanced range and sensitivity [compared to legacy sensors] and gives geographically dispersed ships the ability to share – and act on – sensor data in ways never before possible," explained Scott Spence, Senior Director of Naval Radar Systems at Raytheon. "This radar gives the Navy unprecedented operational flexibility to defend against ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as advanced surface and air threats."

Since its inception in January 2014, the SPY-6 programme has met all 20 milestones ahead of or on schedule. The radar has performance a track record that has demonstrated its multi-mission capabilities against an array of single and multiple simultaneous targets throughout the Navy's extensive testing programme.

Raytheon is now contracted to build a total of nine SPY-6 radars for installation on the USN’s DDG-51 Flight III destroyers. Now in production at the company’s advanced Radar Development Facility, the AN/SPY-6(V) remains on schedule for delivery to the first DDG 51 Flight III, the future USS JACK H LUCAS (DDG 125). The first delivery of an AN/SPY-6(V)2 to LHA-8, the America Class Amphibious Assault Ship, is on schedule for 2021.

Two AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar systems at Raytheon’s radar development facility in Andover, MA. (Photo: Raytheon)

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