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Raytheon will build equipment for air and missile defense radar (AMDR) aboard US Navy destroyers

WASHINGTON- On-board radar experts at Raytheon Technologies Corp. will build hardware for the new AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), which will be integrated into the latest Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers (DDG 51), under an order for 422 $.7 million from the US Navy announced Monday.

Naval Sea Systems Command officials in Washington are requesting AN/SPY-6(V) shipboard radar equipment from the Raytheon Missiles & Defense segment in Marlborough, Mass. In the past two months, Raytheon has received two AMDR radar system hardware orders worth nearly $1.1 billion.

The Raytheon AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR will improve the Burke-class destroyer’s ability to detect hostile aircraft, surface ships and ballistic missiles, Raytheon officials say. The AMDR will replace the AN/SPY-1 radar, which was standard equipment on Navy Aegis Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers.

The new shipboard radar will go aboard Flight III Burke class destroyers. So far, one Flight III Burke-class destroyer has been launched: USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), which is scheduled for commissioning in 2023.

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A construction contract has been awarded for USS Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126), which is expected to be commissioned in 2024. The keel has been laid for USS Ted Stevens (DDG 128), which is not No release date set.

Flight III Burke-class destroyers approved for construction are USS Jeremiah Denton (DDG 129); USS William Charette (DDG 130); USS George M. Neal (DDG 131; USS Quentin Walsh (DDG 132); USS Sam Nunn (DDG 133); USS John E. Kilmer (DDG 134); USS Thad Cochran (DDG 135; USS Richard G. Lugar ( DDG 136); USS John F. Lehman (DDG 137) and Telesforo Trinidad (DDG 139). A Flight III destroyer (DDG 138) is approved for construction, but does not yet have a name.

The new Flight III versions of the Burke-class destroyers will be built at Huntington Ingalls Inc. in Pascagoula, Miss., and at the General Dynamics Corp. segment. Bath Iron Works in Bath, Me. Flight III is the latest version of the Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

The AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR will provide greater detection ranges, increased discrimination accuracy, superior reliability and durability, and lower costs, compared to the AN/SPY-1D(V) radar at aboard current Burke-class destroyers.

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The system is built with individual building blocks called radar modular assemblies (RMAs), according to Raytheon officials. Each RMA is a self-contained radar in a two cubic foot box; RMAs can stack to form any size array to meet the requirements of the ship’s mission.

The inherent scalability of the AMDR AN/SPY-6(V) could also allow new instantiations, such as modifications on existing Burke-class destroyers and installation on aircraft carriers, amphibious warfare ships, frigates, the littoral combat ship and the Zumwalt class. land-attack destroyers without significant new radar development costs, Raytheon officials say.

For the Flight III Burke-class destroyer, the AMDR SPY-6(V) will feature 37 RMAs. The new radar will be able to see targets half the size at twice the range of the current SPY-1 radar. The AMDR will have four matrix faces to provide full time 360 ​​degree situational awareness. Each 14-by-14-foot face is about the same size as the current SPY-1D(V) radar.

The AMDR AN/SPY-6(V) will be 30 times more sensitive than the AN/SPY-1D(V) in the Flight III configuration, and is designed to counter large and complex raids, according to Raytheon officials. The new radar will feature adaptive digital beamforming and radar signal processing to cope with high clutter and jamming environments.

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The AN/SPY-6(V) radar is also reprogrammable to adapt to new missions or emerging threats. It uses high-power gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors, distributed receiver drivers, adaptive digital beamforming, and Intel processors for digital signal processing.

The new radar will include an S-band radar paired with an X-band horizon searching radar and a radar suite controller (RSC) to manage radar resources and integrate with the ship’s combat management system.

Upon this order, Raytheon will perform the work in Andover, Mass; Scottsdale, Ariz.; San Diego, California; Sykesville, Maryland; Syracuse, New York; Stafford Springs, Connecticut; Hanahan, SC; Indianapolis; Cerritos, Riverside and Newark, CA; Huntsville, Alabama; Portsmouth, RI; Dallas; Tulsa, Okla.; and Eau Claire, Wis., and is expected to be completed by September 2025. For more information, contact Raytheon Missiles & Defense online at www.raytheonmissilesanddefense.com, or Naval Sea Systems Command at www.navsea.navy.mil .