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Origin: United States of America
Parent System: AN/SPY-5
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2009
Total Production: ?
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Description: The AN/SPY-5 is an X-band multi-tracking, target-illuminating system for surface combatants that can simultaneously search, detect and precisely track multiple surface and air threats. This new radar system has been funded and developed by Raytheon using existing and affordable solutions such as the MK 73 solid-state transmitter system. The SPY-5 is an open architecture, phased-array radar system, providing an advanced and affordable self-defense solution for small and large surface ships operating in the littorals and other maritime environments. A single radar system consists of three 120-degree beam faces providing full 360-degree azimuth coverage. Raytheon unveiled the SPY-5 radar system in September 2009.
The mission capabilities include low-altitude horizon search; focused volume search; surface search; missile and surface gunfire control; simultaneous threat illumination; and missile midcourse guidance and terminal homing. These capabilities were previously only achievable through multiple radar solutions. These tasks can be performed simultaneously with an innovative advanced radio frequency phase shifter phased-array system technology. It is compatible with all digital combat management systems, and the radar's range, accuracy and beam agility enable the full performance of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM). SPY-5's size, weight and overall self-defense capabilities make it equally well suited for corvettes with a displacement of less than 1,000 tons as well as large-deck aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.
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