The year of the radar

Two more US Navy destroyers will be outfitted with SPY-6 radars

The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $250 million contract to outfit two additional DDG-51 Arleigh Burke destroyers with the SPY-6 radar. That means a total of nine of the destroyers will carry the radar. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Exo-atmospheric ballistic missiles launching from thousands of miles away. Cruise missiles that hug the surface of the sea. Fighter jets and surface ships with sophisticated jamming equipment. Dozens of drones swarming from all directions. 

That's what the U.S. Navy surface fleet could face while operating in the world’s most hotly contested waters. In its defense will be the SPY-6 family of air and missile defense radars. Under a new, $250 million contract with the U.S. Navy, Raytheon will outfit two ships with SPY-6, for a total of total of nine DDG-51 Flight III destroyers that will carry the radar.

"Domestically, there will be lots of activity in the next few months for SPY-6 across all variants, and there are emerging opportunities in the global marketplace for countries such as Japan, Norway, Singapore and Korea," said Scott Spence, Raytheon’s director of Naval Radars.

SPY-6 allows ships to simultaneously detect and counter ballistic missiles – one of the world’s fastest-growing threats – as well as other dangers in the air and on the sea.

In 2020, expect a technical revolution. The Raytheon-built AN/SPY-6(V) air and missile defense radar will transition to full-rate production next year. SPY-6 is the program of record across seven U.S. Navy ship classes.

Poised for full-rate production

The Navy is expected to issue a request for proposals for SPY-6 full-rate production early in the year. Raytheon will compete for the project and is developing teaming agreements with key industry partners for the SPY-6 program. The AN/SPY-6(V)1 variant is being built at the company's Advanced Radar Facility for delivery to the first DDG 51 Flight III, the future USS Jack H Lucas. And the first delivery of the variant AN/SPY-6(V)2 to the America Class Amphibious Assault Ship LHA-8 is on schedule for 2021. 

Raytheon also received a $97 million contract to start working on SPY-6 for the Navy’s next Aegis combat management system. The first SPY-6 radar array is standing by to be delivered to the Navy’s Combat System Engineering Development Site, called CSEDS, in Moorestown, New Jersey, for Aegis integration and testing. 

A SPY-6 scholarship

Student Veterans of America and Raytheon are partnering to provide two $10,000 scholarships to student veterans who have demonstrated a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study, as well as leadership and engagement within their community.

The SPY-6 scholarships are offered exclusively to U.S Navy student veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited four-year college or university.

Published On: 01/13/2020
Last Updated: 01/16/2020