Sea Platforms

USN scans for replacement AN/SPS-49 radar antenna

14 August 2019

The US Navy (USN) is examining the possibility of acquiring a replacement rotating antenna system for the Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V) L-band 2D air search radar.

In a sources sort notice published on 9 August, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division said it was “conducting market research related to the design, manufacture, first article test, and production of a replacement AN/SPS-49 antenna system used in harsh environments aboard select US Navy ships”.

Introduced to service in the mid-1970s, the AN/SPS-49 radar is the USN's principal long-range 2D air search radar being fitted to Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, CG-47 Ticonderoga-class Aegis cruisers, LSD 41 Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock ships, and LHD 1 Wasp-class amphibious assault ships.

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