AN/SPY-6(V) production

Raytheon Company is being awarded a $327,146,998 Fixed Price Incentive (firm target) modification to previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-5315 to exercise options for Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP).

AMDR is a key enabler for the capability and performance enhancements of the new DDG-51 Flight III ship
AMDR is a key enabler for the capability and performance enhancements of the new DDG-51 Flight III ship

«Progressing to production is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication from our AMDR team of experts across Raytheon, the U.S. Navy, and our world-class suppliers. In just over three years of the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development phase, we’ve gone from a technology demonstrator to a technically mature, highly advanced, functioning radar», said Raytheon’s Tad Dickenson, director of the Air and Missile Defense Radar program. «Production begins today – which brings us one day closer to delivering this needed, and unprecedented, integrated air and missile defense capability to the U.S. Navy».

Raytheon’s decades of radar development and manufacturing expertise is driven by proven infrastructure and a highly experienced workforce. The company’s 1.4 million square foot production facility in Andover, Massachusetts is a center of excellence for vertically-integrated, highly complex manufacturing with flexible work flow supporting all phases of product development from testing to full production.


AMDR Advantages

  • Scalable to suit any size aperture or mission requirement.
  • Over 30 times more sensitive than AN/SPY-1D(V) in the Flight III configuration.
  • Designed to counter large and complex raids.
  • Adaptive digital beamforming and radar signal/data processing functionality provides exceptional capability in adverse conditions, such as high-clutter and jamming environments. It is also reprogrammable to adapt to new missions or emerging threats.
  • All cooling, power, command logic and software are scalable.


Reliability and affordability

Designed for high availability and reliability, AMDR provides exceptional capability and performance compared to SPY-1 – and at a comparable price and significantly lower total ownership cost.

AMDR’s performance and reliability are a direct result of more than 10 years of investment in core technologies, leveraging development, testing and production of high-powered Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductors, distributed receiver exciters, and adaptive digital beamforming. AMDR’s GaN components cost 34% less than Gallium Arsenide alternatives, deliver higher power density and efficiency, and have demonstrated meantime between failures at an impressive 100 million hours.

AMDR has a fully programmable, back-end radar controller built out of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) x86 processors. This programmability allows the system to adapt to emerging threats. The commercial nature of the x86 processors simplifies obsolescence replacement – as opposed to costly technical refresh/upgrades and associated downtime – savings that lower radar sustainment costs over each ship’s service life.

AMDR has an extremely high predicted operational availability due to the reliable GaN transmit/receive modules, the low mean-time-to-repair rate, and a very low number of Line Replaceable Units (LRU). Designed for maintainability, standard LRU replacement in the Radar Modular Assemblies (RMA) can be accomplished in under six minutes – requiring only two tools.

This new S-band radar will be coupled with:

  • X-band radar – a horizon-search radar based on existing technology;
  • The Radar Suite Controller (RSC) – a new component to manage radar resources and integrate with the ship’s combat management system.

The Air and Missile Defense Radar is the U.S. Navy’s next generation integrated air and missile defense radar. It enhances ships’ abilities to detect air, surface and ballistic missile targets