Raytheon's Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar tracks first targets

WALLOPS ISLAND TEST FACILITY, Va. Raytheon and the U.S. Navy completed the first system-level tests of SPY-6(V)2, the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR), at the Surface Combat System Center at Wallops Island, Va.

Photo courtesy of Raytheon.

In the first test the radar searched for, detected, identified, and tracked numerous targets – including commercial aircraft. In a second exercise, the maturity of EASR integration enabled the radar to track multiple targets continuously for several hours during a test event involving another system.

EASR provides simultaneous anti-air and anti-surface warfare, electronic protection, and air traffic control for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships. The variants being built are a single-face rotating array designated AN/SPY-6(V)2 for amphibious assault ships and Nimitz class carriers, and a three fixed-face array designated AN/SPY-6(V)3 for Ford class aircraft carriers and the future FFG(X) guided missile frigates.

Both versions of EASR are built on scalable Radar Modular Assembly technology as well as a software baseline that has been matured through development and test successes of AN/SPY-6(V)1, the U.S. Navy’s program of record for the DDG 51 Flight III destroyers. The 1st delivery of AN/SPY-6(V)2 will be to LHA-8, the America Class Amphibious Assault Ship.