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US Navy moving towards new Air and Missile Defense Radar for destroyers

07 August 2017
An artist's rendition of the Flight III DDG 51 shows the new AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR antenna array, which is slightly larger than current AN/SPY-1D(V) apertures. Source: HII

The US Navy has completed the second in a series of ballistic missile defence flight tests for its next-generation AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on 3 August.

For the test, held on 27 July, a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the US Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii and the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR “searched for, detected, and maintained track on the target throughout its trajectory”, the navy said. The test is the second in a series for the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR.

“Based on preliminary data, the test successfully met its primary objectives against a complex medium-range ballistic missile [MRBM] target,” NAVSEA said.

These tests are being done with an engineering and manufacturing development model in Hawaii and it will eventually be moved to Lockheed Martin's Moorestown, New Jersey, facility for additional system integration and testing.

Raytheon is providing the SPY-6(V) AMDR for the US Navy’s the forthcoming Flight III DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers.

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