WASHINGTON- On-board radar experts at Raytheon Technologies Corp. will continue to support an expensive surface search radar system for large US Navy warships until a suitable replacement comes online, under the terms of a $19.1 million order. dollars announced on Friday.
Naval Sea Systems Command Washington officials request the Raytheon Missiles & Defense segment in Tewksbury, Mass., for design agent engineering efforts in support of the Dual Band Radar (DBR) program.
The Navy’s DBR dual-band radar combines the advantages of S-band and X-band radar capabilities for a range of environments, while its open-architecture software design enables automatic operation with minimal human intervention.
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S-band VSR radar arrays, built by Lockheed Martin, are integrated with Raytheon’s SPY-3 X-band multifunction radar to form the advanced DBR, which was tested in 2009 at the Navy’s Technical Test Center at Wallops Island, in Virginia.
Initial DBR installations were aboard the Navy’s Zumwalt-class land-attack destroyer and Ford-class aircraft carriers. In 2016, the DBR was discontinued after being installed only on the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier because the DBR was considered too expensive and possibly too many radars relative to the carrier’s needs.
In 2016, Navy officials decided to replace DBR aboard aircraft carriers and other large surface warfare vessels with the more cost-effective Raytheon Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR).
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The EASR will be installed on the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy – the second Ford-class ship – to replace the derelict DBR. The America-class amphibious assault ship USS Bougainville (LHA 8), under construction in Pascagoula, Mississippi, is expected to be the first ship to take the EASR to sea.
In the meantime, however, Navy officials still need to maintain the few DBR systems that are operational, hence this order to Raytheon for engineering services.
On this order, Raytheon will carry out the work at Tewksbury and Marlborough, Mass; Norfolk and Chesapeake, Virginia; San Diego; and Portsmouth, RI, and is expected to be completed by June 2022. For more information, contact Raytheon Missiles & Defense online at www.raytheonmissilesanddefense.com, or Naval Sea Systems Command at www.navsea.navy.mil.