SPY-3 Radar Conducts At Sea Testing

Released on Thursday, May 25, 2006
United States of America
CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford
DDG 1000 Zumwalt
The U.S. Navy's first shipboard active phased array multifunction radar, Raytheon's AN/SPY-3, has successfully participated in a series of at-sea tests to confirm its unique capabilities including the first time the radar has acquired and tracked a live controlled aircraft while at sea.

The multifunction SPY-3 is unprecedented in the field of naval radar technology. Here we have one exceedingly robust X-band system that can effectively meet the Navy's requirements for the 21st century fleet by simultaneously sustaining anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, land attack, naval gun fire support and navigation missions.

Moreover, SPY-3 embraces new ship-design requirements for reduced radar cross-section, significantly reduced maintenance and manning requirements, and total-ownership cost reduction. No other naval radar delivers such an astounding array of capabilities and benefits in a single package.

Raytheon will integrate the SPY-3 radar with S-band volume search radar arrays to comprise a unique dual band radar system that will be employed on the Navy's new Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) multi-mission destroyers and the transformational CVN-21 aircraft carrier.

Under the DDG-1000 detail design and integration contract awarded by the U.S. Navy in May 2005, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems continues its role as the prime mission systems equipment integrator for all electronic and combat systems.


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