Raytheon announced on 31 March that its AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) has searched for, acquired and tracked a ballistic missile test target for the first time at the US Navy’s (USN) Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Hawaii.
Since being installed at PMRF in 2016, AMDR has tracked targets of increasing complexity, demonstrating performance in tracking multiple satellites, aircraft and satellites simultaneously and now ballistic missile surrogates.
AMDR provides greater capability – in range, sensitivity and discrimination accuracy – than currently deployed radars, increasing battlespace, situational awareness and reaction time to effectively counter current and future threats. It is the first scalable radar, built with Radar Modular Assemblies (RMA) that are essentially radar building blocks; each is a standalone radar that can be grouped to build any size radar aperture, from a single RMA to configurations larger than any currently fielded radar. The USN’s new Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar leverages the highly-scalable design and mature technologies of AMDR in a scaled nine-RMA configuration to meet mission requirements for carriers and amphibious ships. This hardware and software commonality offers a host of advantages, including maintenance, training, logistics and lifecycle support.
“We remain on track to deliver an unprecedented capability to the fleet,” Tad Dickenson, Director of the AMDR programme at Raytheon commented. “The live testing we've been doing here at PMRF continues to demonstrate the maturity of the hardware and software and the performance of the overall system. The radar performed exactly as we expected it to during this mission – all systems were green”