AMDR Tracks Multiple Targets And First Missile Through Intercept

Raytheon [RTN] on Wednesday said its new AN-SPY-6(V) air and missile defense radar (AMDR) has tracked multiple targets simultaneously as well as its first track of a ballistic missile through intercept in a test.

The test occurred at the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii in mid-September, where it detected, acquired, and tracked multiple targets while also tracking the ballistic missile. Raytheon said this was possible because it capitalized on two unrelated exercises nearby.

AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar array at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. (Photo: Raytheon(

AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar array at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. (Photo: Raytheon(

The Navy’s major program manager for above water sensors in the program executive office (PEO) Integrated Warfare Systems, Capt. Seiko Okano, said the AMDR “continues to impress through consistent performance against complex, surrogate threats.”

Production of the AN/SPY-6(V) is currently underway at the company’s Radar Development Facility in Andover, Mass. It is on schedule for delivery with the first Flight III DDG-51 destroyer, the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125), in 2019.

The AMDR SPY-6 radar is the primary upgrade to the Flight III Aegis destroyer, upgrading the range, accuracy, reliability, and sustainability over the current SPY-1D radar.

This capability aims to increase the effectiveness of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) and Standard Missile -6 (SM-6) air and missile defense interceptors.





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