Raytheon Technologies’ missiles and defense business has received a $125.9M contract modification to continue manufacturing Enterprise Air Surveillance Radars for the U.S. Navy’s amphibious ships, carriers and frigates. LRIP work under the contract covers six EASR platforms, four SPY-6(V)2 rotating radar units and two SPY-6(V)3 fixed-faced radars. The modification exercises options under a previously issued contract for low-rate initial production of Raytheon’s AN/SPY-6 air and missile defense radar, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday.
SPY-6(V)2 radars will be installed onto the future USS Bougainville amphibious assault ship, the future USS Richard M. McCool Jr. and USS Harrisburg amphibious transport dock vessels and the USS John C. Stennis supercarrier. The third version of the AN/SPY radar is intended for the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier and the Navy’s first FFG(X) guided-missile frigate. Contract work will primarily take place in Massachusetts and the rest in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, through January 2023.
Raytheon’s SPY-6 family of radars is designed to help defend seven classes of Navy ships against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, adversary aircraft and surface vessels. Raytheon and the U.S. Navy completed the first system-level tests of SPY-6(V)2, the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, at the Surface Combat System Center at Wallops Island, VA. In the first test the radar searched for, detected, identified and tracked numerous targets – including commercial aircraft.
In a second exercise, the maturity of EASR integration enabled the radar to track multiple targets continuously for several hours during a test event involving another system. EASR, the newest sensor in the U.S. Navy’s SPY-6 family of radars, provides simultaneous anti-air and anti-surface warfare, electronic protection and air traffic control for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships. Upon completion of system-level testing in Q4 2019, EASR will shift from the engineering and manufacturing development phase to the production phase.