Raytheon’s Missiles & Defense division in Tucson has been granted a $651 million contract to build and implement modern radars for hundreds of US Navy ships. The deal is worth up to $3.2 billion with choices available. Raytheon describes the radars as part of a comprehensive SPY-6 family, which is meant to protect against long-range missiles, ballistic missiles, enemy aircraft, and surface vessels all at the same time. They improve detectability, sensitivities, and diversity over traditional radars, as well as provide superior advanced military coverage to the squadron, according to the company.
Raytheon will build solid-state, repaired, and rotational SPY-6 models that will provide unparalleled comprehensive air and missile military capabilities for seven kinds of US Navy ships over the next 40 years underneath this deal. The Navy’s new Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyers, aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, frigates, and earlier destroyers are among such ships. More than $600 million has been involved in the research and construction of the SPY-6 family radars since its beginnings. The radar will provide the surface fleet with new capabilities such as better cyber warfare protection and enhanced detecting capability. The SPY-6 array radar versions contain nine to 37 radar interchangeable components. “All of the functionalities that will be on Flight III ships, the ability to do interconnected air and missile defense, the ability to monitor multivariable analysis targets, both ballistic missile and air-breathing objectives, much more than the modern generation radar systems can properly manage all of that potential will be in that Flight IIA,” said by Scott Spence, who leads the firm’s maritime radar directorate, told Breaking Defense at the time.
Raytheon may deliver up to 46 radars to Navy ships under the new deal, which is way more than was previously anticipated. The SPY-6 radar system is already operational aboard the Navy’s first Flight III destroyer, the USS Jack H. Lucas, which is set to enter service in 2024. The next warship in the category, the future USS Ted Stevens, has received its radar arrays (DDG 128). SPY-6 array rangefinder versions feature nine to 37 radar component assemblies. SPY-6 is expandable and flexible because of common RMAs, allowing it to facilitate manufacturing for the US and international partners across all variants, including the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar. This similarity allows for consistent logistics and training for individuals who operate on radars.