“There is no other radar with the surface maritime capabilities of SPY-6… (the) SPY-6 is the most advanced naval radar in existence, and it will provide our military a giant leap forward in capability for decades to come.” That was a statement from Wes Kramer, president of Raytheon Technologies as his company landed a massive deal with the U.S Navy worth up to 3.2 billion.
Under the contract, RMD will produce multiple solid state, fixed-face and rotating SPY-6 editions with the goal to deliver unheard of integrated air and missile protection capabilities for seven varieties of U.S. Navy ships over the subsequent forty years. Those vessels consist of the Navy’s new Arleigh Burke class Flight III destroyers along with ships and aircraft carriers The Flight IIA destroyers might carry an upgraded radar as well.
The SPY-6 can bring enhanced warfare abilities and enhanced radar detection to the naval vessels. The contract is expected to last 5 years, with only 651 million guaranteed and another 2.5 billion in options that the Navy can exercise.
Scott Spence, an executive director for naval radars at the company said: “(the Navy) need the greater detection ranges (and) increased sensitivity, specifically in contested environments… you get a highly contested environment, you need a radar that can see through all that clutter and be able to detect those targets at great distances and give the warfighter more time to react and determine exactly what they’re looking at and then how to defeat those particular threats”.
Spence also mentioned that the company is prepared to fulfill all of the options the Navy could exercise already stating “We’ve hit our stride, production-wise”. The radars are expected to go on to over 30 U.S ships and will feature the V1, V2, V3, and V4 radars, the most sophisticated radars in its class.