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Raytheon delivers first SPY-6 radar array to US Navy

AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar array
Photo: Raytheon

Raytheon Missiles & Defense announced it has delivered the first AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar array to the US Navy.

Destined for use on seven types of US Navy ships, the first array will be installed on the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the US Navy’s first Flight III guided-missile destroyer.

“SPY-6 will change how the navy conducts surface fleet operations,” said Capt. Jason Hall, program manager for above-water sensors for the US Navy’s Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems. “Our ships will be able to see farther, react quicker and defend against threats in a way we couldn’t before.”

The 14′ x 14′ modular array was transported by truck from the company’s automated 30,000-square-foot Radar Development Facility in Andover, Massachusetts, to Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. HII is expected to deliver Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) by 2024.

Huntington Ingalls Industries photo of Flight III destroyer Jack H Lucas

“This is the start of what will be a steady stream of SPY-6 array deliveries to the shipyard,” said Kim Ernzen, vice president of Naval Power at Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “Threats to navy ships are getting smaller and faster. SPY-6 will extend the Navy’s reach against dangers like drones, ballistic missiles, aircraft and unmanned ships.”

The SPY-6(V) family of radars delivers greater range, increased accuracy, greater resistance to environmental and man-made electronic clutter, advanced electronic protection, and higher reliability than currently deployed radars.

Raytheon is scheduled to deliver the first AN/SPY-6(V)2 to future USS Bougainville (LHA-8), the third America-class amphibious assault ship in 2021.