Raytheon will build two additional shipsets of SPY-6 radars under a $250 million contract with the U.S. Navy. The company is now contracted to deliver a total of nine radar shipsets to DDG-51 Flight III destroyers.
SPY-6 is a family of next-generation, integrated air and missile defense radars that scale to meet the mission requirements of any ship.
"This radar gives the Navy unprecedented operational flexibility to defend against ballistic and cruise missiles as well as advanced surface and air threats,” said Scott Spence, senior director of Naval Radar Systems at Raytheon. "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,"
In production at Raytheon's radar development facility, AN/SPY-6(V) is on schedule for delivery to the first DDG 51 Flight III, the future USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125). The first delivery of AN/SPY-6(V)2 to LHA-8, the America Class Amphibious Assault Ship, is planned for 2021.
Since its inception in January 2014, the SPY-6 program has met all 20 milestones ahead of or on schedule. The radar has a track record of performance, demonstrating its multi-mission capabilities against an array of single and multiple, simultaneous targets, confirmed through the Navy's testing program.