Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Air and Missile Defense Radar and AMDR
Origin: United States of America
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and Raytheon* (*) lead contractor
Parent System: AN/SPY-6
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2017
Total Production: ?
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Description: The US Navy's AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program is a new scalable solid-state radar suite intended for future surface combatants such as the CG(X) missile cruiser and DDG 51 Flight III destroyer. The new state-of-the-art radar system comprises an S-band, X-band and a radar suite controller (RSC). Such arrangement is intended to significantly enhance ship's defensive capability against advanced anti-ship and ballistic missiles in high clutter environments. As of July 2009, the AMDR program was at the concept study phase with three industry teams selected for that purpose. Each team received a $10 million six-month contract. In October 2013 the US Navy selected Raytheon as the prime contractor. Raytheon started the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase in January 2014 with the aim to get an operational test radar by 2017.
The SPY-6 AMDR scalable radar system is expected to become the tip of the spear of the US Navy's anti-missile and anti-aircraft capabilities for the next 40 years, through 2050 and beyond. It is the first truly scalable radar, built with radar building blocks (Radar Modular Assemblies) that can be grouped to form any size radar aperture, either smaller or larger than currently fielded radars. All cooling, power, command logic and software are scalable. This scalability could allow for new instantiations, such as back-fit on existing DDG 51 destroyers and installation on aircraft carriers, amphibious warfare ships, frigates, or the DDG 1000 class, without significant radar development costs. The radar antenna uses Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Gallium Arsenide (GaAS)-based Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits to optimize power in a smaller size and using less space, power and cooling than older technology would require for the same performance.
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