Navy awards contract for new air traffic radar aboard ship


NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, RIVIÈRE PATUXENT, Md.– The U.S. Navy awarded Saab Inc. a $ 25 million contract on September 25, 2020, for two air traffic radars on board AN / SPN-50 (V) 1 ships and an installation and control kit.

The new fixed price incentive fee contract is a sole source purchase with the first AN / SPN-50 (V) 1 scheduled for delivery in September 2021. It will replace the Navy’s current radar system, AN / SPN- 43C, on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and amphibious assault ships during exercise 2021.

Rear Adm. Shane Gahagan, Program Manager for the Tactical Aircraft Programs (PEO (T)) Executive Program Office (left), and Capt.Kevin Watkins, Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213) Program Manager (center), see a new onboard air traffic radar, AN / SPN-50, which is being used for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the radar during a demonstration at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Webster Outlying Field on October 23, 2019.

“The SPN-50 brings the new capability to the fighter, allowing aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships to operate in any current and future environment,” said Captain Kevin Watkins, the office’s program manager. of the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program (PMA-213). “The SPN-43C has been in service since the mid-1960s, and although it has been updated along the way to fight and win today, the performance and technology updates brought by the SPN-50 will ensure that the Navy and Marine Corps have a relevant, sustainable ability to fight and win in the future.

Some of the enhancements made by the new digital radar system and modern radar processing are improved target detection and tracking in the presence of competing congestion, as well as addressing the increased spectrum constraints currently encountered with AN / SPN-43C and d ‘other existing radar systems.

AN / SPN-50 (V) 1 was first demonstrated in October 2019 at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Webster Field in St Inigoes, Maryland, and has since performed numerous test and evaluation events at various locations during the engineering and manufacturing phase.

The two AN / SPN-50 (V) 1s should be installed on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), for operational tests, and on the future amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA-8) , which is currently under construction.

The AN / SPN-50 (V) 1 is expected to reach initial operational capability by the end of 2022.

Twenty-five air traffic radars on board AN / SPN-50 ships are expected to be purchased through FY 2028.

PMA-213 oversees the procurement, development and commissioning of the AN / SPN-50 (V) 1.


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