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Navy League 2017: USN AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR completes first ballistic missile test in Hawaii

07 April 2017

Key Points

  • USN's AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR completed its first flight test
  • The test marks the first in a series of planned BMD flight tests for the new AMDR

The Raytheon-built AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) completed its first ballistic missile defence (BMD) test at the US Navy's (USN's) Advanced Radar Detection Lab and Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, Captain Casey Moton, DDG 51 programme manager, PMS 400D, announced at the annual Navy League Sea-Air-Space exposition in National Harbor, Maryland, on 4 April 2017. The AMDR is being introduced as part of the internal changes to the Flight III DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

The engineering development model of the USN's AMDR is installed at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii for tests in April 2016. (Raytheon)The engineering development model of the USN's AMDR is installed at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii for tests in April 2016. (Raytheon)

"We completed the first SPY 6 missile defence strike test out of Hawaii, and it was extremely successful," Capt Moton said. "So we are very excited about the radar's progress."

"The [engineering development model] radar was moved to our missile range facility in Hawaii in [June 2016] and has been tracking [satellite and air targets] since October [2016]," Capt Moton said, adding that the Standard Missile 3 Block IIA SFTM-01 Aegis intercept flight test occurred in February 2017, the first anti-air warfare test with nose jamming occurred in March 2017, and the SPY-6 BMD target test was completed on 15 March 2017. Capt Moton also indicated that the SPY-6 Milestone-C was on track for October 2017. "Radar development is also proceeding very well; we're very excited," he said.

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