To further bolster the United States Navy’s naval superiority, Raytheon has recently awarded a substantial $200-million full-rate hardware production and sustainment contract to CAES Corporation, marking a crucial step forward in ever-evolving maritime radar technology. The contract pertains to the development and delivery of fully tested radar module assemblies for the AN/SPY-6 family of radars, a cornerstone of the US Navy’s next-generation active electronically scanned array (AESA) 3D radar systems.

The AN/SPY-6 Radar System: A Leap in Naval Situational Awareness

The AN/SPY-6 radar system, spearheaded by Raytheon, aims to revolutionize naval situational awareness by providing advanced detection capabilities surpassing legacy radar systems’ limitations. By enhancing accuracy, sensitivity, and detection range, the AN/SPY-6 radar equips allied fleets with a substantial advantage over adversary platforms that rely on outdated radar technology.

So far, this advanced family of radars has provided an integrated air and missile defense for the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Additionally, plans include developing variants for retrofitting Flight IIA Arleigh Burkes, as well as installing them on Constellation-class frigates, Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, and San Antonio-class amphibious transport docks. After years of development, Raytheon delivered the initial AN/SPY-6 radar system to the US Navy in 2020.

SPY-6(V)3 radars
SPY-6(V)3 radars installed onto USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) / Image source: DVIDS

A Multifaceted Defense Approach

At the core of the AN/SPY-6’s capabilities lies its remarkable ability to offer simultaneous protection against various threats, including hostile aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, and enemy surface ships. This multifaceted approach to defense sets the radar system apart and positions it as a crucial component of modern naval warfare strategy.