Raytheon’s next generation naval radar passes milestone
The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company have completed the critical design review (CDR) of the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).
This radar will be installed on US Navy DDG-51 Flight III missile destroyers, improving their fighting and self-defense capabilities. The company said the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the program continues and is now more than 40 percent complete.
As a scalable radar, built with Radar Modular Assemblies (RMA) building blocks, AMDR can be grouped to form any size radar aperture, either smaller or larger than currently fielded radars. With much larger arrays, AMDR, is said to be at least 30-times more sensitive than radars configured on existing DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The new radar can simultaneously handle over 30 times the targets than existing AN/SPY-1D(V), to counter large and complex raids. Using adaptive digital beamforming and reprogrammable radar signal/data processing functionality enables users to rapidly adapt to new missions or emerging threats.