SPY-6 radar from Raytheon tracks ballistic missile through intercept and multiple targets at once
TEWKSBURY, Mass. Raytheon's AN/SPY-6(V) radar, continuing in testing to demonstrate its integrated air and missile defense capability against multiple targets, recently detected, acquired, and tracked multiple targets from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii.
Capitalizing on two unrelated exercises conducted nearby in mid-September, SPY-6(V) tracked multiple threats simultaneously but also tracked a ballistic missile through intercept for the first time.
The built-in scalability of the radar – based on 2'x2'x2' radar modular assemblies, which are individual radar "building blocks" - allows for new instantiations without incurring significant new development costs. Scaled variants of AN/SPY-6(V) are already designated as U.S. Navy programs of record, including the back-fit radar for existing DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyers, the new and back-fit radars for aircraft carriers and amphibious ships, and the radar for the new guided-missile frigate FFG(X).
The system, now in production at Raytheon's advanced Radar Development Facility in Andover, Massachusetts, remains on schedule for delivery to the first DDG 51 Flight III, the future USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125), in 2019.