Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies, has won a contract worth $651 million from the U.S. Navy to supply SPY-6 radars. The contract, with options, totals $3.2 billion and five years of radar production to equip up to 31 U.S. Navy ships with SPY-6 radar.
Under this contract, Raytheon will produce solid-state, fixed-face, and rotating SPY-6 variants that will deliver unprecedented integrated air and missile defense capabilities for seven types of U.S. Navy ships over the next 40 years. Those vessels include the Navy’s new Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyers, aircraft carriers, amphibious ships, frigates, and older destroyers.
“There is no other radar with the surface maritime capabilities of SPY-6,” said Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “SPY-6 is the most advanced naval radar in existence, and it will provide our military a giant leap forward in capability for decades to come.”
Since its inception, more than $600 million has been invested in the development and manufacturing of the SPY-6 family radars. The radar will bring new capabilities to the surface fleet, such as advanced electronic warfare protection and enhanced detection abilities. The SPY-6 array radar variants have between nine and 37 radar modular assemblies, known as RMAs. Common RMAs allow SPY-6 to be scalable and modular to support production for the U.S. and partner nations across all variants, including the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar.
The new contract may see up to 46 radars provided to Navy ships by Raytheon, 15 more than initially presumed. The SPY-6 radar installation has already been completed on the Navy’s first Flight III destroyer, the USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), which is scheduled to be operational in 2024. Radar array deliveries are complete for the next ship in the class, the future USS Ted Stevens (DDG 128).