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Surface Navy 2020: Raytheon anticipates delivering AN/SPY-6(V)3 fixed phase radar in second quarter

The first AN/SPY-6(V)3 fixed phase Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) is expected to be delivered in the second quarter for installation in the aircraft carrier John F Kennedy . (Michael Fabey)

Raytheon expects to deliver the first AN/SPY-6(V)3 fixed phase Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) during the second quarter of 2022, Scott Spence, company Naval Radar Program Area Director, told Janes .

The first radar of the variant, which is contracted for Ford-class aircraft carriers and the Constellation-class guided-missile frigates (FFGs), is set to be delivered to carrier John F Kennedy (CVN 79), now being built at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding, Spence said on 6 January during an interview in advance of the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, which started on 11 January in Arlington, Virginia.

“It's going through final testing at our facility,” Spence said, “after completing flight tests at Wallops [Island naval testing centre in Virginia].”

The US Navy (USN) and Newport News Shipbuilding recently changed the Kennedy's delivery from a dual-phase to a single-phase model and while that change itself did not really affect the radar schedule, Raytheon is still assessing what the later impacts may be.

“What is that integration going to look like? How much will that change?” Spence asked, noting Raytheon should be able to accommodate any related changes.

Part of the reason he remains confident, he said, is due to the experience from dealing with radar suites and changes on the lead Ford-class ship, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), as well as the new Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyers (DDGs).

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