Raytheon opens new radar development facility
TEWKSBURY, Mass. Raytheon officials announced the opening of a new radar development facility in Andover, Massachusetts. The $72 million, 30,000 square foot facility features advanced automation technology to support complex radar testing and integration.
The new radar facility also features two near field radar test ranges; 1.5 megawatt substation to meet power requirements of current and future radar programs; autonomous material movement via automated guided vehicles; and it has "dual robotic" system for radar array assembly.
"We built the new radar development facility with the future – and our customers – in mind," says Sarah Jennette, program manager for the project. "This advanced manufacturing campus now has the ability to work from atoms all the way up to massive radar arrays. As the next step in our advanced manufacturing roadmap, it follows on the heels of our recently announced $100 radar manufacturing plant to be built in Forest, Mississippi."
The new radar development facility is the primary location for integration and testing of current and future radar programs for U.S. and international customers. AN/SPY-6, the U.S. Navy's next-generation integrated air and missile defense radar, now in low rate initial production, is the first system to enter the space.